A note from the Research Director.

A deeper understanding of human rights and a rigorous exchange of ideas are central prerequisites to influence both practical human rights change and new approaches to policy. For that reason, research is at the core of our mandate. The Institute has a long history of carrying out cutting-edge and policy-oriented research and analysis.

As a research institute, we aim to produce relevant and constructive perspectives on current human rights issues, while at the same time meeting the highest academic standards. We carry out inter-disciplinary research across the four thematic areas as well as on cross-cutting issues relating to human rights methods and theory.

In addition to research carried out by staff, we work closely with academic partners around the world. We also coordinate the Lund Human Rights Research Hub, which represents more than 70 researchers working on human rights issues across a wide range of disciplines.


Explore our publications published with external academic publishers and publications produced directly by the Institute. These include books, edited volumes, chapters, working papers, research and policy briefs, tools and more.

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Research Opportunities

We regularly welcome guest scholars in Lund to be part of the dynamic human rights research environment. Together with the Law Faculty at Lund University, the Institute hosts a Fulbright-Lund University Chair in Public International Law. Read more

Fellowship Programme

We also have a fellowship programme targeted to academic institutions and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in Southeast Asia. Read more

Our Human Rights Library

The libary at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, founded in 1984, is Sweden's most extensive human rights libraries and one of Europe's leading human rights libraries.

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