Human Rights Research League

Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.)

Mission statement 

The Human Rights Research League (HRRL) is a non-governmental organization aiming at protecting individuals by placing human rights abuses, acts contrary to international humanitarian law, systemic grievances as well as humanitarian emergencies on the agenda. HRRL seeks to contribute to knowledge and research based public discussion and problem analysis without geographical, political, confessional or other limitations or alignments.

As our name suggests, we are an organization primarily focused on research from the basis of a strong academic foundation. However, we recognize that lasting impact and positive change also depend on connecting academics and practitioners, combining research on root causes of human rights violations with implementation of projects and policies addressing those grievances. 

To this end, we are engaged in four focus areas: Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.), all with a view to bridging the gap between academic and practical approaches to human rights, and between problem analysis and implementation of solutions.

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Op-ed on the Root Causes of Refugee Crises and Strategies for Development Aid

If we are to reduce the number of refugees on a global basis, instead of simply limiting the number of refugees reaching the shores of Europe, we need to address the real, underlying root causes of flight. In this op-ed in leading Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten , HRRL Chairman Tom Syring discusses preconditions for sustainable solutions to global refugee and humanitarian crises.

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Conferences & calls

Conference on The Reality of International Legal Theory – Reality in International Legal Theory, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Conference is organised by iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen in conjunction with the European Society of...   More
International Law Weekend Conference on International Law in Challenging Times, New York City, USA
The International Law Weekend, organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), is scheduled for October 22-24, 2020, in New York City. For more details, see the...   More
Conference on Partnered Operations and International Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Partnered operations where states partner among themselves, with armed groups or with international organisations are nowadays commonplace, from peacekeeping to combat operations. Partnered operations pose...   More
postponed till 2021: ESIL Research Forum, Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy
The 2020 ESIL Research Forum, initially scheduled for April 23-24, will now take place on 15-16 April 2021 at the Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy. The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly...   More
Conference on The Routes, Impacts and Policies Connected to the Current Mass Migratory Movements and People on the Move, Thessaloniki, Greece
The interdisciplinary conference, initially scheduled for May 2020, will now take place 30-31 October 2020. The conference aims to explore how we foresee the future of societies at either of the two ends of...   More
ASIL Midyear Meeting & Research Forum, Cleveland, USA
This year's ASIL Midyear Meeting & Research Forum will be held at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. For further program details, see also the...   More
Workshop on The EU & its Member States’ Joint Participation in International Agreements, University of Geneva, Switzerland
This academic workshop, initially scheduled for April 2020, will now be held 4-6 November 2020. The workshop aims to invite legal and political science scholars to contribute either a theoretical legal...   More
Workshop on When International Courts and Tribunals Defer to States, University of Oslo, Norway
International Courts and Tribunals (ICs) sometimes allow national actors a certain discretion in their implementation of international obligations. Such deference by ICs towards states raises several...   More
Workshop on Human Rights and the Climate Change Crisis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The current pandemic highlights the urgent need for global measures to deal with common threats and the risk that such measures could be taken at the expense of individual freedoms. These uncertain times may...   More
ESIL Research Forum, Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy
The 2020 ESIL Research Forum, initially scheduled for April 23-24, then 29-30 October 2020, will now take place on 15-16 April 2021 at the Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy. The ESIL Research...   More
Conference on the Synergy between the Law of Treaties and the Law of International Responsibility, Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom
The Annual Spring Conference of the British Branch of the International Law Association, organised and hosted by Queen Mary, University of London on 23 April 2021, will deal with the connection between the law...   More
Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, University of Stockholm, Sweden
The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will be held at Stockholm University on 9 – 11 September 2021. It will be facilitated by the Stockholm Center for International Law and...   More