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Centre for Human Rights Law

The Centre for Human Rights Law aims to provide a forum for scholarship and collaborative approaches on human rights law in practice. Building on SOAS’ unique focus and experience, it seeks to advance research and the teaching of human rights law and related areas with particular reference to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

As a member of the academic and broader community, the Centre aspires to act as a forum for human rights law for staff and students within SOAS, for scholars and practitioners from other institutions and organisations and for the general public. To this end, it regularly holds events on a range of issues, which have included constitutional reform and human rights in Sudan, the struggle for human rights in South Asia, global perspectives on justice for torture, and the EU Court of Justice’s jurisprudence on refugee protection. The Centre also works closely with the SOAS International Human Rights Clinic, encouraging and facilitating students’ engagement and research projects with NGOs and practitioners in the field. It also maintains close links with Banyan, SOAS Advocates, a network of postgraduate law students offering pro bono legal and policy research as well as drafting skills to interested third parties.

Reflecting the multitude of actors and dynamic nature of the field of human rights law, the Centre is committed to promoting collaboration between academics and practitioners worldwide. This includes fostering links between those working in the field of human rights, including scholars in law and other relevant disciplines, members of civil society, governmental and intergovernmental experts, members of the judiciary and the legal profession. The 2013: 'Human Rights Forum: Developing Practice-led Research to Meet Contemporary Challenges', organised jointly with the Human Rights Consortium, was the Centre’s first major initiative in this regard.

For further information, please contact Dr Lutz Oette