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


Joint HRRL-ESIL Workshop on the 'The Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement in International Law: What Role for New Types of International Law-Making?'
2021-09-09 15:33 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...
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 ...
Lecture at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, on The Death Penalty in America
2021-03-23 00:48 On March 23, 2021, Human Rights Research League board member Steven Schneebaum, Interim Director of the International Law and Organizations Program and Practitioner-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins Unive...
Lecture at the University of Arizona on Forced Displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa
2021-02-18 04:03 On February 18, 2021, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring gave a lecture at the University of Arizona on 'Forced Displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa'. The lecture, presented online within ...
Human Rights Research League, UNHCR and ICRC release Kinshasa Conference Report on Forced Displacement in the DRC
2021-01-14 21:09 The Conference Report, including Conference Program, Final Communique, and Follow-Up Road Map of this International Conference on Forced Displacement in the Democratic Republique of the Congo, co-orga...
IDMC Publishes 2020 Global Report on Internal Displacement
2020-05-04 03:17 The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) just published the 2020 edition of their Global Report on Internal Displacement. The report may be downloaded here.    
Lecture at the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) on Forced Displacement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2020-03-06 20:29 On March 16, 2020, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring is scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) on 'Cross-cutting Issues and Global Challenges of Fo...
Lecture at Case Western Reserve University on Forced Migration & Human Trafficking
2020-02-25 19:42 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 Bet...
Lecture at Denver University on Emergency Relief in Failing States
2020-02-24 18:39 On February 24, 2020, Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring gave a lecture at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law on Emergency Relief in Failing States. The talk dealt with the ...
Lectures at Georgia Law on Forced Migration, Africa, and the Kampala Convention
2020-02-20 01:23 Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring gave lectures at the University of Georgia School of Law on Forced Migration, Africa, and the Kampala Convention on the Protection and Assistance of In...

Conferences & calls

A growing body of evidence shows that nonviolent civil resistance movements are integral to driving democratic development, and therefore long-term stability and peace in the world. This raises the question how pro-democracy and human rights movements can be better supported by a range of sympathetic external actors. This event, to take place on February 2, 2021, from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (US Eastern Time), will discuss practical, legal, and other ramifications of external assistance to civil resistance movements. For more information, please see the event description.



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