The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) was established in 1993 to conduct human rights research in post-Soviet Russia and provide training to the judiciary and law enforcement agencies across the former territories.
Since these early projects, the centre's commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law has grown to accommodate the key human rights challenges experienced in our increasingly globalised world.
Our work is funded by numerous foundations, academic funds, governments and IGOs.
Our mission statement
The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law worldwide.
We carry out our work through research, training, publications and capacity building. We have implemented programmes worldwide and collaborate with:
- intergovernmental organisations
- civil society
HRLC has become an internationally recognised human rights institution, amassing a substantial record of achievement in the design and delivery of:
- policy-linked research and knowledge transfer
- technical cooperation
- bilateral assistance
- capacity building
Short courses and training
We have an international reputation in providing short courses, tailored training and capacity building programmes and a summer school, all of which cover contemporary issues and practices in human rights law and criminal law at the national, regional and international level.
Since 1997, numerous national and international government and judicial representatives, human rights defenders, NGO and IGO staff, legal professionals, students and academics have taken part in our courses which have been delivered in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Research and knowledge transfer
High-profile projects include:
- the design, creation and maintenance of a national implementing legislation database (NILD) of the International Criminal Court Statute in our role as ICC Legal Tools Partner
- reports and studies on legal issues, promotion and protection of fundamental rights in the EU for the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
- an international research, training and capacity-building project in support of the enhancement of service delivery by human rights field officers
We encourage the participation of students in our work: we believe that students play an important role in our activities and can gain vital experience of human rights work to complement their studies.
- project-led Student Research Assistance and internships
- group-based event organisation, such as the Annual Student Human Rights Conference and the Human Rights Film Series
- ad-hoc event support