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

We combine evidence-based human rights research with direct engagement with international organisations, governments, national human rights institutions, the justice sector, local and regional authorities, universities, and the business sector to bring about human rights change for all.

We are named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II.


  • To contribute to a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.


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


We apply a cross-cutting approach to gender equality so that the gender equality perspective is integrated into all of our work.

We achieve this through targeted activities, such as training courses focusing on gender equality, and through integrating gender equality considerations into all of our work even when the primary objective is something else.

Our focus areas

We focus on the major human rights issues where we can add value.

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.

Key Partners

As a network-based organisation, we cooperate with many partners around the world to bring about real human rights improvements.

This includes partnerships with academic institutions, international organisations, government agencies and civil society organisations in different parts of the world.

Examples of such networks are:

The Institute has sometimes also taken the initiative to establish networks between cooperation partners, such as the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN).

We also cooperate with others, such as the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum on National Human Rights Institutions (APF).

Core Values


  • We believe that respect for the inherent dignity of the human being is fundamental and this permeates all our behaviour.


  • We are committed to our mission and values and we are not going to compromise in respect of independence, trust and quality. Our work is transparent and performed with accountability.


  • We are a learning institution and encourage everybody to participate by expressing their views and sharing their knowledge. We value all input and viewpoints and are open to constructive dialogue and co-operation with all in order to fulfil our mission.


  • We continuously strive at maintaining a creative, dynamic and supportive work- and learning environment, so as to inspire others as well as each other to work in line with our mission – to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law.