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.


"If we are to reduce the number of refugees on a global basis, instead of simply limiting the number of refugees reaching the shores of Europe, we need to address the real, underlying root causes of flight". In this Op-ed in leading Norwegian Newspaper Aftenposten, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring outlines his thoughts on the root causes of refugee crises and strategies for development aid. 


The article (in Norwegian) may be accessed here:


Conferences & calls

Conference on The ICC's Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, Palacký University, Faculty of Law, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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...
Conference on Partnered Operations and International Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
2021-01-13 19:15 Partnered operations where states partner among themselves, with armed groups or with international organisations are nowadays commonplace, from peacekeeping to combat operations. Partnered operations...
ESIL Research Forum, Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy
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...
Workshop on Contested Norms of International Peace and Security Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
2021-01-13 19:13 The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) is organizing a two-day workshop on Contested norms of international peace and security law, taking place at the Max Pl...
Conference on Groups and Spaces in International Economic Law: Focus on the BRICS Countries, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
2021-01-13 19:11 The purpose of the international conference, now rescheduled to take place 20-21 May 2021 and co-organized by the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic Law and St. Petersburg State University,...
Conference on Old and New Threats to Freedom of Expression. Can the European Court of Human Rights Meet the Challenges?, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany
2021-01-13 19:10 The European Court of Human Rights says that freedom of expression is one of the essential foundations of a democratic society. It is one of the basic conditions for the progress of a democratic socie...
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...
Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, Stockholm University, Sweden
2021-00-14 19:51 The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will be held at Stockholm University on 9-11 September 2021.    For further details, including COVID-19 related updates, pleas...

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