The Centre for Human Rights Law aims to provide a space for scholarship and cooperative 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.
The Centre aspires to act as a forum for debate on human rights law and developments of interest in the field for staff and students within SOAS, for scholars and practitioners from other institutions and organisations and for the general public. Reflecting the multitude of actors and dynamic nature of the field of human rights law, the Centre is committed to promoting cooperation between academics and practitioners worldwide. This includes working closely with the SOAS International Human Rights Clinic, encouraging and facilitating students’ engagement and research projects with NGOs and practitioners in the field.
The Centre has also been engaging in standard setting and policy making processes concerning the protection of human rights, with a particular focus on issues and areas forming the subject of its members expertise and research interests.