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 acts contrary to human rights and 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 challenges 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.


News & reports


On 2 November 2018, Human Rights Research League (HRRL) and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) convened an International Expert Meeting on 'Beyond Encampment: Managing Mass Migration in an Age of Urbanization' at the University of Oslo. The interdisciplinary workshop, with invited experts from the US, MENA, and Europe, was an in-depth follow-up to a public seminar previously organized by HRRL on the same topic at the University of Oslo as part of the World Seminar series. The Expert meeting included four sessions, dealing with The Global Compacts and Mass Migration Management, Novel Approaches to Accomodating Refugees and Forced Migrants, Global Trends and the Challenges of Urbanization and Exile, and Fighting Root Causes of Flight: Integration, Circular Migration, an dthe Promise of Technology.


The Workshop Announcement may be accessed here:


You may also download the full Program and Expert Meeting Report.

Conferences & calls

Final Program: Joint Workshop on 'The Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement in International Law: What Role for New Types of International Law-Making?'
2021-08-29 15:11 On 8 September 2021, Human Rights Reserach League along with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law and the ESIL Interest Group on International C...
Conference on Extraterritoriality in International Law, September 15-17, 2021
2021-08-27 02:07 The Maurer School of Law at Indiana University invites to a three-day conference and webinar on 'Extraterritoriality in International Law'' from 15-17 September 2021. For more information and to regis...
Webinar on FGM and Women's Access to Health
2021-08-05 16:33 On 17 August 2021, from 17:00 -18:30 (11 AM - 12:30 PM, EST), Human Rights Research League will organize a webinar on 'FGM, Women's Access to Health, and Social Norms in Norway', with an interdiscipli...
Call for Papers: The Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement in International Law: What Role for New Types of International Law-Making?
2021-06-17 23:16 On 8 September 2021, Human Rights Research League along with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Migration and Refugee and the ESIL Interest Group on International Crimi...
Call for Papers: Student Essay Competition on Avoiding Civilian Harm during Military Cyber Operations
2021-04-09 14:10 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy are launching a global undergraduate student essay competition on Avoiding Civilian Harm during Military Cyber Operations. Th...
Webinar on Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim - A Conversation with Richard Falk, April 13, 2021
2021-04-08 14:48 On April 13, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST), Richard Falk, one of the preeminent international law scholars and advocates of his generation, will be joining a conversation to discuss his newly publishe...
Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, May 4-7, 2021
2021-04-08 00:38 The 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will be held on May 4-7 on the theme of 'Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk'. For each of the days of the Forum, the format will combine open...
Webinar on Constitutionalism and Democracy in Turkey and Beyond, April 8, 2021
2021-04-05 22:15 On April 8, 2021, from 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM EST, the Istanbul Policy Center and the Sakip Sabanci Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia University are organizing a webinar on Constitutionalism and Demo...
Online Conference on Justice & Accountability for Atrocity Crimes, April 5, 2021
2021-04-02 21:26 On April 5, 2021, the Georgetown University School of Law Human Rights Institute will organize the Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights. The online conference, entitled 'Justice & Accountability...
Webinar on COVID-19 and International Humanitarian Law, April 6, 2021
2021-04-01 01:22 On April 6, 2021, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST, Professor Oona Hathaway will be discussing her series of articles that focus on the impact COVID-19 has had on international humanitarian law by exploring...
Online Presentation on The Death Penalty in America, March 23, 2021
2021-03-21 15:45 On March 23, 2021, Human Rights Research League board member Steven Schneebaum, Interim Director of the International Law and Organizations Program and Practitioner-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins S...
Online Panel Discussion on Sexual Violence against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 8, 2021
2021-03-06 18:26 On the occasion of International Women's Day, Giving Women together with the ICRC invite to a panel discussion on "Sexual Violence against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Healing, Justi...
Webinar on International Human Rights Law and Domestic Violence, March 5, 2021
2021-02-28 17:13 In honor of International Women's Day, the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law organizes a talk on March 5, 2021, at 12:00 noon EST with United Nations Special Rapporteur on Viole...

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