Strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk

Strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk
9 December 2016, 10.30am - 1.30pm
Conference / Symposium
Woburn Room, G22, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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. 

With this workshop, we aim 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
Ms Danna Ingleton , Amnesty International


  1. Setting the context: What are the current risks and challenges for human rights researchers and academics?
  2. Prevention strategies: Understanding risks, security and data protection
  3.  Protection strategies for academics and HRDs at risk

For the full agenda, please click here

Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and forthcoming research plans for advice from workshop participants. 

The workshop will take place on Friday 9th of December 2016 at Senate House, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Registration fee: £15.00 (standard) £10.00 (students, retired, unwaged)*

*Lunch is included

If online registration is closed, you can still register on the day of the workshop. For inquiries, please email


Yesim Yildiz