Past Events

Strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk

Attacks on human rights defenders and academics are increasing at an alarming rate across the world. By carrying out their research, campaign and advocacy activities they become the target of both state and non-state actors. At a time when documenting human rights violations is more critical, human rights defenders face imprisonment, torture and threats of death. Similarly, academics face increasingly repressive reaction by the governments simply because of what they say or write. 

On 9th of December 2016, the Human Rights Consortium organised a workshop on the strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk with the participation of academics, students and human rights NGOs. The workshop aimed to contribute to the global efforts to develop collaborative and proactive strategies to protect and promote the rights of human rights defenders and academics at risk. We aim to bring together researchers in academic institutions and NGOs to reflect on creative tactics to prevent attacks and improve the conditions of researchers worldwide.


Ms Sinead O'Gorman, Scholars at Risk 
Dr Alice Nah, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York 
Mr Stephen Wordsworth, Council for At-Risk Academics 
Ms Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International
Ms Susi Bascon, Peace Brigades International UK
Mr Adán Guillermo López Lone, Association of Judges for Democracy 
Ms Hannah Smith, Tactical Technology Collective

For the workshop concept note, please click here

For the workshop programme, please click here.

Human Rights Research Students' Conference

On 11th November 2016, the Human Rights Consortium organised Human Rights Postgraduate Research Students’ conference, as part of a conference series aimed at students working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights and social justice. The conferences aim to stimulate research on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies, and to facilitate the dissemination of such research.

The conferences are co-convened by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London, the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex and the Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow.

For the conference programme, please click here