Research & Analysis
We have advanced the field of human rights and humanitarian law by generating innovative and policy-oriented research for over 30 years. Our research, analysis and policy have, to mention a few achievements, contributed:
- to the normative development of international refugee law
- to improving the effective participation of national minorities in public life
- to increased understanding and practical implementation of human rights and business.
Human Rights Education
Many of the more than 1,000 graduated students from the Master’s Programme in International Human Rights Law at Lund University have gone on to work with human rights and international humanitarian law in key positions as ambassadors, judges, prosecutors and in foreign ministries. Others have established human rights institutes, work for intergovernmental organizations like the UNHCR, and in the private sector.
We have been involved in the creation of numerous human rights courses, programmes, research and resource centres, and academic networks around the world.
For example, we supported the establishment of the first master’s programme in human rights in China in 2004 with more than 300 students graduating and going on to work as judges and prosecutors, in the private sector, in academia, or in the human rights development field.
Since our first human rights education training in Windhoek, Namibia in 1991, more than 14,000 students, academics, judges, prosecutors, police officers, librarians, members of national human rights institutions and members of civil society have improved their capacity to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights by attending one of our master programmes or trainings.
We have changed the way human rights are protected and promoted by contributing to the global rise of the number of national human rights institutions from a handful in the early 1990s to over 100 today. We’ve worked with development and capacity building with over 20 national human rights institutions throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
We have directly engaged with more than 50 justice institutions around the globe to strengthen their work.
Human Rights Forums
We have contributed to developing unique solutions to human rights challenges by convening different actors in over 60 countries throughout our history.
A roundtable discussion in 2016 on integration and inclusion in the Nordics and Baltics resulted in a new initiative aimed to help community-based organizations increase political participation of refugees and marginalized groups in Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
A high-level workshop in Zimbabwe in 2016 brought together a broad spectrum of participants as part of our work to contribute to enhanced enjoyment of constitutional rights there.
Our mission is to contribute to a wider understanding of and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.
To achieve that, we work in a results based manner, meaning that our attention is focused on how our activities contribute to and make change.
Our different partners are involved throughout our activities in order to secure the achievement of concrete results contributing to long-term and sustainable human rights change. In the end, the results of our work are measured against relevant international human rights standards.
We use evaluations to support organisational learning and development, accountability and effective management. All programmes and projects of the Institute are, unless explicitly agreed, designed with a view to future evaluations. Evaluation at the Institute is guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, utility, quality, and transparency.
All evaluations, whether commissioned by the Institute or externally, result in an Institute management response. Evaluation reports, together with the Institute’s management response, are, as a rule, made public and published on the Institute’s website, unless such publication could jeopardise confidentiality, violate legal obligations, or lead to unacceptable risk or repercussions to staff, partners or activities.
Below, recent evaluations are listed with a link to more information about the evaluation in question as well as the full text-versions of the respective evaluation report and corresponding Institute management response.
For information on older evaluations, please contact the respective staff member of the Institute responsible for the area of the activity concerned.