About Us

The Human Rights Consortium (HRC) of the School of Advanced Study was established to facilitate and promote inter-disciplinary research in human rights nationally and internationally.

The HRC fulfils its mandate by: 

  • organising and supporting academic, policy and practice-oriented events on human rights
  • disseminating research on human rights
  • fostering national and international networks of human rights academics
  • hosting visiting fellows working in human rights
  • contributing to the training of research students working on human rights
  • enhancing the teaching and learning environment for graduate students
  • raising funds in support of human rights research and research support


The Human Rights Consortium is committed to organising and supporting academic, policy and practice-oriented events on human rights. Collaborations with other institutions are particularly welcome. The Consortium also aims to disseminate the work arising from events to a broader audience.


The Consortium seeks to publish high-impact academic work, to disseminate work arising from events, particularly conferences and workshops, through commercial publishers, online (including podcasts) and other means as appropriate. Available publications can be found here.


The Consortium aims to establish a network of academics, policy-makers and practitioners working on human rights in the UK and internationally in order to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration in the field, as well as to contribute to the Consortium’s events and publications.

Individuals and institutions have been invited to become Associates of the Consortium. See the list of associates and their research interests.


The Consortium offers non-stipendiary Visiting Research Fellowships in human rights for visitors to the School of Advanced Study. Visiting fellows are provided with shared office space and access to computing and printing, as well as library borrowing rights. Visitors are expected to participate fully in the academic life of the School, including giving a presentation at a seminar or conference during the course of their stay and contributing to the Consortium’s dissemination activity.

See more information about the terms for the award of visiting fellowships.

Enhancing the teaching and learning environment for graduate students

In recognition of the important role of graduate students of Human Rights as future researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the field, the Consortium seeks to create a positive environment for Human Rights teachers and students.