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 Feb. 12, 2020, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring gave the American-Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lecture in New York City on 'The Rule of Law and Forced Migration'. The lecture discussed the current rise in the number of people who have been forcefully displaced and the challenges posed by new patterns of displacement as well as the complex issues behind responses by states and regional organizations. Drawing on ongoing research projects, including a collaboration in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the talk looked into some of the root causes of conflict and inherent drivers of migration underlying current global crises, as well as the nexus between the (lack of) rule of law, development, and forced migration.


For further details, please see the lecture announcement.


A video of the lecture is also available.


Conferences & calls

Hybrid Seminar on Challenges of Constitution-Making in Sudan
2021-10-25 01:16 On 12 November 2021, the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) will organize a seminar on the Challenges of Constitution-Making in Sudan, debating the challenges the transitional government faces in its...
50th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, October 20-22, 2021
2021-10-03 21:33 The Canadian Council on International Law will hold its 50th Annual Conference on October 20-22, 2021, this year devoted to the theme of 'Getting International Law Back on Track?'. The conference will...
Conference on International Criminal Law before Domestic Courts, October 14-16, 2021
2021-10-03 21:19 On October 14-16, 2021, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights in cooperation with the University of Vienna will organize a conference on International Criminal Law before Dome...
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?', September 8, 2021
2021-08-29 15:11 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...
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...
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...
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 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...

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