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 in consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) 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


Annual Meeting Announcement
2021-08-23 20:37 Human Rights Research League will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, 23 October 2021, at 1:00 PM EDT / 7:00 CET via Zoom. HRRL members interested in participating, please get in touch via info@hrrle...
HRRL Webinar on FGM and Women's Access to Health - Video released
2021-08-23 17:10 On 17 August 2021, from 17:00-18:30 (11 AM - 12:30 PM, EST), Human Rights Research League organized a webinar on 'FGM, Women's Access to Health, and Social Norms in Norway', with an interdisciplinary ...
Webinar on FGM and Women's Access to Health, August 17, 2021
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 Law and the ESIL Interest Group on International C...
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 for...
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...

Conferences & calls

On 31 August 2023, the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, Human Rights Research League, and the Odysseus Academic Network will organize a joint workshop on '(Un)Fairness in International Migration and Refugee Law: Past and Present Realities' on the margins of the 2023 ESIL Annual Conference in Aix-en-Provence. The workshop, to be held in hybrid mode, will take place from 9AM to 1 PM (CET). For further details, including information on how to register, please see the Provisional Program and the initial Call for Papers

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