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


HRRL Statement on Mali at the UN Human Rights Council
2023-03-30 17:08 On the occasion of the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Human Rights Research League delivered an oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on th...
CfP: Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Submission Deadline: January 15, 2023
2022-11-22 11:39 The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) just announced the ninth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the ...
Seminar: A Dark Day: How the Afghan Taliban Stormed Back to Power and What it Means for Security, Regional Dynamics, and Humanitarian Challenges Facing the Country, November 18, 2022
2022-11-11 00:30 On November 18, 2022, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School will host a seminar on 'A Dark Day: How the Afghan Taliban St...
Call for Abstracts: Workshop on 'The European Court of Human Rights Facing Populism and Authoritarianism: Time for System Change?', Submission Deadline: December 26, 2022
2022-10-21 00:24 On 27-28 April 2023, PluriCourts  - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Role of the Judiciary in the Global Order will be hosting a workshop on populism, authoritarianism and the response of the Eu...
International Law Weekend in New York City, October 20-22, 2022
2022-10-20 00:02 On October 20-22, 2022, the American Branch of the International Law Association will present the International Law Weekend in New York City, this year for the 100th time. The centennial conference wi...
Webinar on 'Condemned to Serve for Life? A Snapshot of Political Trends in Africa', October 20, 2022
2022-10-10 23:14 On October 20, 2022, Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program will host a webinar entitled 'Condemned to Serve for Life? A Snapshot of Political Trends in Africa'. For further information and to regi...
Symposium on 'International Law and the New Cold War', Case Western Reserve University, September 30, 2022
2022-09-22 23:35 On September 30, 2022, Case Western Reserve University will host a day-long symposium on 'International Law and the New Cold War', discussing the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and the inte...
Annual Meeting Announcement
2022-09-21 00:57 Human Rights Research League will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, 27 October 2022, at 1:30 PM ET / 7:30 CET via Zoom. HRRL members interested in participating, please get in touch via info@hrrlea...
Joint HRRL-ESIL Workshop on 'In/Ex-clusivity of International Migration and Refugee Law: The Rights Holders' Perspective'
2022-09-20 23:38 On 31 August 2022, Human Rights Research League in partnership with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law and the Italian Forum on Migration, Bor...
Midyear Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Miami, November 10-12, 2022
2022-09-19 22:18 This year's Midyear Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will be held on November 10-12, 2022, at the University of Miami School of Law. For more information and to register, pl...

Conferences & calls

During an Urgent Debate to "discuss the alarming rise in premeditated and public acts of religious hatred as manifested by recurrent desecration of the Holy Quran in some European and other countries", put on the agenda of the 53rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council on short notice by a group of states, Human Rights Research League delivered an oral statement underlining the importance not to sacrifice freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion by confounding it with incitement. "We believe it is far more important to focus on compliance with and the actual guarantees of religious freedoms conceded to every man and woman living in the respective state, than on occasional, individual displays of disregard for religious symbols". For the full statement and further details, please see the video of the Oral Statement on UN Web TV.

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