In 2007 a group of British Sociological Association members formed a new Study Group to bring together people interested in promoting the sociological study of rights. The group embraces a wide range of rights based perspectives including for example: theories of rights, indigenous peoples, women's rights, social movements, transnational organisations, security and surveillance, conflict and divided societies, migration and environmental rights, LGBT and sexual orientation. However, this list is not exhaustive and the membership of the group has grown considerably.
The study group held its first workshop September 2009 hosted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, from which emerged a number of influential publications. Since then the School's Human Rights Consortium has provided research promotion and facilitation support to the group. Forthcoming meeting and events will be listed below.