The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is a leading hub for inter-disciplinary and policy-oriented human rights research and education.

We have a global presence with offices and programmes covering more than 60 countries.

And we have 30 years of experience advancing human rights in partnership with governments, national human rights institutions and universities.

About the Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Then and Now

Founded in 1984 and affiliated with Lund University, we are named after Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, to pay homage to his well-known humanitarian work in Hungary at the end of the Second World War.

Today, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute consists of around 60 people located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lund, Nairobi, and Phnom Penh.


  • The mission of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law, by means of research, academic education and institutional development.


  • To be a centre of excellence in all fields of operation, contributing to the development of societies based on a human rights culture.

Funding Partners

We work closely with our dedicated funding partners who help make our work a reality.

Other Key Partners

We cooperate with a variety of Swedish and international partners. In addition to the close cooperation with Lund University, the Institute maintains relations with other academic institutions, international organisations, government agencies and civil society organisations in different parts of the world.

The Institute is member of several Nordic, European and international networks within the framework of its mandate. This includes:

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.