Year in Review 2020: Human Rights Education

Human rights education and training are key in contributing to the promotion, protection and effective realisation of all human rights. It all starts with learning. For human rights to be implemented as a practice in day-to-day life, individuals need to know their rights and possess the attitude and skills to claim them. Also, duty-bearers need to know their human rights obligations and possess the attitude and skills to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. 

Highlights from 2020

The Legal Clinic: Opening the ‘Doors of the Academic Castle’

The Lund Disability Human Rights Clinic was started by RWI in 2019, together with the Faculty of Law at Lund University and two disability rights organisations, the Independent Living Institute and the Swedish Disability Rights Federation. Meet Anna Lie, a student in our Legal Clinic.

Peter Brune (Secretary General of War Child Sweden) and Malin Oud presenting the joint commitments of civil society and the Swedish government to strengthen  collaboration

Shrinking Civic Space: The Role of Civil Society organisations

During two days in September 2020, in relation to the United Nation’s International Day of Democracy, The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sida , the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law as well as a number of other Swedish civil society organisations co-organised 2020’s Civil Society Forum. Read more about what was dicussed and hear from some of the participants.


RWI’s Take on Clinical Legal Education

Clinical Legal Education (CLE) is a legal teaching method that uses practical-oriented, studentcentred and problem-based interactive learning methods. This includes, but is not limited to, the practical work of students on real cases and social issues supervised by academics and professionals. RWI has been working with CLE since 2011, initially through its academic cooperation programme in Turkey, and since then also in countries including Belarus, Cambodia, Cuba, Zimbabwe and Sweden. This is our take on Human Rights Education.


Pufendorf Institute Theme: The Future of Human Rights

Every year the Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies, located in Lund, supports academics working across Lund University to come together to develop inter-disciplinary thinking around innovative themes. These cover complex issues that are difficult to address productively through a single disciplinary lens. This is what the think tank discusses:


‘Fempowerment’: Promoting Women in Films

According to a report by the Council of Europe, only one in five films in Europe is directed by a woman. On a global level, the statistics are lower; only 12 out of 100 best-selling films were created by women in 2019. During 2020’s version of the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival, organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the cinema Kino, female directors and actors were in focus. In 2020, we focused on putting women, as directors and actors, in the lime light.

A Unique Collection of Human Rights Literature

The Raoul Wallenberg Library for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was founded in 1984 in Lund, Sweden. Today, the library offers one of Europe’s largest and most accessible collections for literature on human rights and humanitarian law. It is the only library of its kind in Sweden. The library has become a base for human rights in Lund. It is an important resource for people around the world who study and work for human rights.

Year in Review 2020

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Josh Ounsted

Josh Ounsted

Leader of Access to Justice Thematic Area

Phone: +46 46 222 12 00

Josh is Head of the Thematic Area ‘Access to Justice’.

He previously served as the Director of the RWI Regional Office in Nairobi and before that as Director of the Institute’s Office in Jakarta. Prior to working for RWI, he worked for organisations including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights.

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