Human Rights Education and Research

Support Education within Human Rights

Everything starts with knowledge. Education is key to the development of human rights. This is also why education and training is at the heart of what we do. We carry out higher education targeting scholars and students as well as hands-on training within our international programmes. 

With your help, we can support more young people becoming experts in human rights and getting good opportunities for spreading and working with human rights around the world.

Support a Business Chair

You can help us support a Business Chair:

At RWI, we shed light on and conduct research within in a great number of human rights issues.

Our aim is that the ‘RWI Chair of Human Rights and Business’ include funding for one or more Ph.D. students.

We believe that it would be of great interest to pursue one research and outreach within one or more of the following areas – preferably rooted in the SDG’s;

  • Inclusion and Disability
  • Human Rights and Corruption
  • The Future of Human rights
  • AI and Human Rights
  • Climate Change and Human Rights

Donate a scholarship to a non-European student

A scholarship donation makes it possible for non-European students without their own financial support, to still be able to study in Lund.For a young person, it  means having the opportunity to become a leader of tomorrow and a community builder. Ultimately, supporting young people becoming experts and spokespersons for the development of human rights in their home countries.

To meet the great need for education and research in the field of human rights, we need support for a number of activities. Your support can cover resource needs in the form of staff, literature, scholarships, or library development.

There is a great demand from researchers, particularly from developing countries, to take part in the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s international research environment.

Your support can give a qualified researcher from a developing country the opportunity to be part of a guest research programme at the institute or create the conditions for expanding such a programme in general.

In return, you will get access to our work, new research findings,

Together we can make a real difference in the service of humanity.

-Radu Mares, Senior Researcher and Research Director, RWI

Do you wish to learn more? Please do not hesitate to reach out to:

Radu Mares

Radu Mares

Thematic Leader Business and Human Rights, Associate Professor

Phone: + 46 46 222 12 43

Radu has a background in human rights law, specializing in the business and human rights area, with a focus on regulatory and compliance issues raised by multinational enterprises in developing countries. His main research interest is the protection of human rights through economic relations. Some questions that have engaged Radu for a long time are:

  • How does the international human rights system accommodate and interact with the fragmented, overlapping and dynamic landscape of responsible business conduct?
  • How does the shift from corporate voluntarism to hard law happen and how do companies affect the emergence, institutionalization, and diffusion of norms of social responsibility?
  • Can complex regulatory regimes that reject the ‘command-and-control’ approach deliver on their promise to achieve corporate compliance and respect for human rights?

Radu’s research draws on economic law, corporate governance, risk management, regulatory pluralism and global governance. He has also conducted field work in mining areas in Ghana and Peru. His current focus is on the EU green transition, and the impacts of this legislative framework on human rights and environmental protection globally through EU value chains.

Radu is an Associate Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, the director of the Research and Education Department, and the thematic leader for the Business and Human Rights area at RWI. He is a Doctor of Law (PhD) and a Docent in the Faculty of Law at Lund University. Radu contributes to RWI capacity-strengthening programs for academics, businesses and/or governmental actors in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Estonia and Belarus, and Asia region. Since 2007 he has taught and supervised at Lund University’s Faculty of Law and more recently at the Economics Faculty. Radu values opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines, to explore new linkages between economics and human rights, in education, research, and outreach.

For further updates on his research, please refer to his Research profile: 


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