UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Russia (HuRiEE)

Who are the humans behind the Human Rights? An ERC (UKRI-funded) research project led by Dr Agnieszka Kubal, Associate Professor, UCL SSEES

HuRiEE stands for Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Russia. This five-year research breaks new ground in studying the unprecedented human rights mobilisation in five countries of Eastern Europe – Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, and Russia – whose citizens until recently brought more than fifty per cent of all the claims to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). This research is incredibly timely and urgent: while Russia has recently ceased being part of the European Convention system, the human rights lawyers constantly explore other avenues to seek justice for human rights abuses at international level. The full-scale Russian invasion in Ukraine from 2022, in turn, brought about human rights abuses pertaining to war and indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Seeking redress for these violations will undoubtedly involve international human rights community. In Poland and Hungary human rights are mobilised to counter democratic backsliding, while in Romania to address the lasting legacies of violent transitions.

Banner image credit: Supreme Court, Warsaw by Dr Agnieszka Kubal 

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This work was funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee [grant number EP/X024695/1]. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or UKRI. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.