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UCL Institute for Human Rights

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UCL has always been at the forefront of challenging social exclusion and addressing questions of social justice

As a leading multidisciplinary university, UCL is committed to academic research that transcends boundaries between disciplines and offers novel and practicable solutions to global problems.

The UCL Institute for Human Rights (IHR) was established to bring the university’s multidisciplinary expertise (for example in law, the humanities, and social and medical sciences) to bear on human rights.

The UCL IHR brings together the broad range of teaching and research undertaken across UCL in subjects that fall within the broadly conceived field of human rights. It aims to advance and disseminate knowledge regarding issues of moral justification, legal interpretation and practical implementation of human rights, both domestic and international.

The institute also aims to equip students studying human rights with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to contribute to the human rights movement, be it through civil society, governmental institutions or legal practice.

Core activities

The activities of the UCL IHR include:

  • Annual lecture series
  • Cross-disciplinary teaching in the field of human rights
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • A visiting fellowship programme