Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

This five-year project (2021–2025) develops the Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to explore new ways to understand, analyze and secure the future of human rights.

The Visiting Chair is co-hosted by the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. It will be held by a number of leading international scholars, who, in collaboration with early career researchers, have the task to advance innovative human rights thinking in an international and interdisciplinary context and pursue synergies between research, education and policy development.

Research on the future of human rights will focus on three areas: the rise of authoritarianism and populism; the challenges of technological change, digitalization and AI; and state of emergency and the erosion of the rule of law.

Facilitated by the latest research findings and a multitude of related activities, the Chair in collaboration with colleagues in Lund and beyond will organise a Lund Summer School on the Future of Human Rights for doctoral students as a way to inform and inspire a new generation of human rights scholars, advocates and policy-makers.

The project will benefit from and contribute to the research milieu at the two co-hosting institutions and Lund University more broadly as well as the on-going RWI capacity-building programs spanning three continents. The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation generously supports the project.

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