Who we are

We are an experienced research and academic institution that has offices, programmes, and convening power covering 40 countries.

We combine evidence-based human rights research with direct engagement with partners to contribute to a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.

We began this work in 1984.

What's new

Recent publications

Just and inclusive societies with the effective realisation of human rights for all

Our focus areas

We have set out to focus our work on major human rights issues where we can add value.

Our Results

32 Years

We have advanced the field of human rights and humanitarian law with innovative and policy-oriented research for over 32 years.

14k Individuals

14,000+ have improved their capacity to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights in our master programmes and trainings.

50 Institutions

Worked with over 50 justice sector and 20 National Human Rights Institutions strengthening the delivery of and access to justice.

60 Countries

We have contributed to developing unique solutions to human rights challenges by convening actors in over 60 countries since 1984.

What we do

We are a network-based organisation that works through strong partnerships with international organisations, governments, the justice sector, local and regional authories, universites, and the business sector to bring about a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.

Direct Engagement

We engage directly in the implementation of human rights together with our partners around the world to improve the practical application of human rights.

Human Rights Education

We educate and equip decision-makers with the tools they need to address the major human rights challenges of today and tomorrow.

Human Rights Forums

We bring together policy-makers, experts and civil society to engage in solution-oriented dialogue to advance human rights. Together we bring about change.

Where we work

We have a global presence with offices and programmes covering more than 40 countries.

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