Human rights have no borders or boundaries. They are the global language of the world.
Our approach is interdisciplinary, with the theory and practice of human rights embedded in our work. Join our thriving community of expert staff, students and graduates who have genuine global impact in the field.
At Essex we are concerned with confronting and overcoming oppression and discrimination around the world. We enjoy a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and practice, and our pioneering staff have held prestigious positions within the UN and other international organisations.
Essex Human Rights Centre launched a Digital Verification Unit in 2016 to strengthen the use of emerging technologies in human rights investigations and prosecutions. Students are recruited every year to work on the latest digital projects in human rights alongside our principal investigator, Dr Daragh Murray.
Our research community encompasses internationally renowned scholars whose work ranges from research into the philosophical and normative bases of human rights, through to more practically-oriented interests in the legal, political and sociological application of human rights.
We specialise in the application of theory to real human rights problems. Our research has a particular focus on the right health, civil and political rights; including the prohibition against torture and detention related issues, and the law of armed conflict and acute crises. To find out more about us read our biographies and then use our research finder to find a supervisor.
Our Human Rights Centre is a community of students, alumni and academics that provides excellence in human rights theory and practice through interdisciplinary research and education. We were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of our work in advancing global human rights.
We have extensive expertise across the following research clusters, amongst others. These clusters provide a focus for critical debate, research collaboration and teaching innovation. Postgraduate research students can get involved in the Law and Technology and Human Rights clusters.
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