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Our Research

Although the variety and depth of research in the Human Rights Centre is difficult to capture, broadly speaking there are four main areas of concentration:

  • international human rights
  • European and comparative human rights
  • human rights in UK law (including the Human Rights Act 1998 and the human rights implications of Brexit)
  • inter-disciplinary approaches to human rights, including human rights theory and history

Visiting Scholars

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Policy Engagement Activities

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Some of our members’ interests span a number of these categories, showing the richness of work undertaken in the Centre.

As well as working in these areas of human rights, the members of the Human Rights Centre take a variety of methodological approaches to human rights research and work.

Reflecting the spectrum of methodologies across Durham Law School and Durham University more broadly, members of the Centre have particular methodological strengths in these approaches:

  • socio-legal
  • comparative
  • feminist
  • hermeneutical

Furthermore, the work in the Centre frequently draws together strengths that exist across the other research centres and clusters housed in Durham Law School. In this respect, analyses that consider human rights in the context of transitional justice, law and conflict, gender and the law, commercial law, comparative law and EU law are clearly in evidence.

In the Media

Members of Durham Human Rights Centre frequently engage with public discourse on rights-related matters through both traditional and social or non-traditional media. This reflects the Centre's commitment not only to excellence in research and teaching relating to rights but also to enriching public debates by means of the provision of expert opinion and the translation of research into policy debate and proposals.