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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Au-delà des camps: Radio Interview on the Kinshasa Conference released (in French)

On 25 March 2019, Human Rights Research League, UNHCR and CEDESURK co-organized a colloquium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo on the challenges of accommodating refugees and IDPs in host communities in the DRC. The conference brought together researchers, government officials, and civil society to discuss how to best ensure mutually beneficial and sustainable inclusion of uprooted populations in host communities throughout the DRC. For further details, please see the attached conference program, as well as a radio interview (both in French), conducted on the day of the conference.

 Kinshasa Colloque 25 mars 2019 (Au-delà des camps) Final.pdf

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Conferences & calls

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition
The International Refugee Law Interest Group calls for submissions for the 6th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Papers may address any topic related to international law and...   More
Francis Lieber Prize 2020
The American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of...   More
Conference on Linking Policies and People: New Insights on Migration and Development, Bonn, Germany
This conference is devoted to understanding why people decide to move from their homes (with a particular focus on South-South migration), what effects migration has on the socio economic development of low-...   More
ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum, Brooklyn Law School, New York, USA
This year's American Society of International Law's Midyear Meeting will be held at Brooklyn Law School in New York, 7-9 November 2019. The meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of...   More
Conference on The Role of Human Rights Mechanisms in Implementing International Humanitarian Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Organised under the auspices of the Global Studies Institute (University of Geneva), the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office...   More
Workshop on State Compliance with International Human Rights Law, Aix Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France
The Institute for International Humanitarian Studies (CERIC, UMR DICE 7318, AMIDEX) of Aix-en-Provence Law School welcomes submissions for the forthcoming INSIDE Workshop in Compliance Theories to be held at...   More