SOAS University of London

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Religion and Human Rights

CCRJ facilitates research on Rights, Religion and the Problem of Authority. Religious faith and human rights are often construed as universal value systems that inform comprehensive forms of authority. How are notions of sovereignty negotiated and, then, shared in spaces where authority is contested?  CCRJ members are currently pursuing research on several areas that fall under the umbrella:  the resurgence of faith-based humanitarianism and the competitive dynamic this has created in the market to attract humanitarian funding and members;  the role of faith-based and secular actors in constructing transitional justice norms;  and the challenge that religion presents for human rights advocacy.

Dr. Matt Nelson, CCRJ and Reader in Politics at SOAS is leading a research initiative on the tension between religious freedom and public order, focusing initially on Pakistan and Malaysia. This research examines the process of securitisation and ask whether this leads to a derogation of fundamental rights.

CCRJ welcomes engagement with scholars and practitioners working on these questions.