The Human Rights Law Centre actively encourages the participation of students in its 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. Opportunities include 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, or ad-hoc event support. Each role is advertised at the start of the academic year and students are recruited following a competitive application process.
Students are awarded with a certificate following completion of their relevant activity. Bursaries are also offered to students to provide financial support for external internships. To find out more about the Student Activities Unit, please see the About the Centre Section.
Annual Student Human Rights Conference
The Annual Student Human Rights Conference is one of the longest running Human Rights Conferences that is run by students. Held each spring it is organised by a student committee with the support of the Human Rights Law Centre on a current challenge facing the practice of human rights law. Leading experts and practitioners are invited to give keynote speeches alongside panels of student researchers, on topics set by the Conference Committee. While organised by students, the conference is a lively event, open to all and typically attended by other students, researchers and NGOs from Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. You can find out more about HRLC’s upcoming student conference, as well as details of previous events, on the Annual Student Human Rights Conference page.
Human Rights Film Series
The Human Rights Film Series is a student-led initiative, which was started in 2006 by two LL.M students. Now a hugely popular and regular campus event, the Film Series shows engaging and provocative films which bring challenging human rights issues to life. The context of each film is briefly introduced by a relevant expert while an optional discussion is held after the film. Screenings are organised by a student committee with the support of the Human Rights Law Centre and are free and open to the community. To find out more about upcoming screenings and a catalogue of previous films, see the Human Rights Film Series page.
Internships and Bursaries
We offer paid summer internships to University of Nottingham students to work on our diverse projects. Internships typically run for two to three months to complete a discreet research or project component, providing valued and in-depth experience and exposure to world-class research and project activities. The Human Rights Law Centre also offers bursaries for University of Nottingham Law Students to assist them in financing a placement at a relevant human rights organisation. Find out more about our Internships and Bursaries.
Student Research Assistance
We actively encourage students to get involved with our research, knowledge transfer, training and capacity building activities through Student Research Assistance (SRA) positions. Such roles provide our students with vital experience and exposure to the research and organisation of world-class projects and high profile events, working closely with our experts and research staff. SRA positions typically run for the academic year although short-term positions are also available. Positions are advertised in advance of the academic year and there is a competitive application process. Presentations on the Human Rights Law Centre and the SRA opportunities available are made during the induction week of the LL.M calendar. Find out more about Student Research Assistance.
Human Rights Law Centre Lunchtime Briefings
Each month the Human Rights Law Centre hosts a lunchtime briefing by one of the University of Nottingham School of Law PhD candidates on human rights related aspects of their research. Occasionally, external experts are invited to deliver a presentation on specific topics of interest for the research community. The briefings are open to all PhD law students and provide an opportunity to discuss and analyse current debates, as well as recent developments and case law in international human rights law. View a full list of PhD Lunchtime Briefings.