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


On February 25, 2020, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring was invited to give a talk at Case Western Reserve University's School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. The lecture, entitled 'Torn Between the Lover and the Love You Leave Behind: Forced Migration, Human Trafficking and Access to Hell', drew on recent and current research projects, including an inquiry into Constitutional Coups d'etat in Sub-Saharan Africa; a collaboration in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (with UNHCR and ICRC) on the Kampala Convention and the Protection and Inclusion of IDPs in Host Communities; and a forthcoming, co-edited volume (with Richard Falk) on state responsibility for refugees and other people in need of protection in the context of war and occupation. 


For further details, please see also the lecture announcement.

Conferences & calls

Online: NORAD Conference 2021: A New Start - Together or Every State for Itself?, January 26-27, 2021
2021-01-23 10:50 This year's annual NORAD Conference will take on the global pandemic, economic stagnation, greater inequality, threats to democracy and free speech, and related topics that all marked 2020. The NORAD ...
Conference on The ICC's Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, Palacký University, Faculty of Law, Olomouc, Czech Republic, February 11-12, 2021
2021-01-13 19:15 The Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law (CIHOL) and the Palacký University, Faculty of Law, in Olomouc (Czech Republic) have the pleasure to invite you to a conference on the “IC...
ESIL Research Forum, Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy, April 15-16, 2021
2021-01-13 19:14 The next ESIL Research Forum is now reschedueld to take place on 15-16 April 2021 at the Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy. The ESIL Research will address the topic: 'Solidarity: The Que...
Call for Papers: 7th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition
2021-01-13 00:00 The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its seventh annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Glo...

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