Student Activities Unit
The Human Rights Law Centre enjoys and encourages the participation of students in its research and project work.
The Centre's dedicated Student Activities Unit aims to broaden students' experiences of human rights, research and practical work by facilitating a range of opportunities for their involvement in HRLC activities.
It regularly advertises openings for student assistants and interns to contribute to the HRLC's diverse project work.
The Unit also co-ordinates a number of popular student-led initiatives, including the Human Rights Film Series and the annual Student Human Rights Conference.
Human Rights Day 2017
On 10 December 2017, Human Rights Day, to mark the start of a year-long campaign leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Human Rights Law Centre's Student Activities Unit and European Law Students' Association (Nottingham) collected video recordings of the articles of the UDHR in a number of languages in support of the UN OHCHR's #Standup4HumanRights #RightsOutLoud campaign.
Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights, proclaiming for the first time the inalienable rights to which everyone - regardless of race, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status - is inherently entitled as a human being. It’s the most translated document in the world, currently available in 504 languages.
This annual event is one of the longest running Human Rights Conferences run by students. Held each spring it is organised by a student committee with the support of HRLC, focusing on a current challenge facing the practice of human rights law.
The Human Rights Film Series is a student-led initiative started in 2006 by two LLM students. Now a popular and regular campus event, the Film Series shows engaging and provocative films which bring challenging human rights issues to life.
The Scholars at Risk (SAR) network is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. In 2017, the first UK based SAR Student Advocacy Seminar was created at the University of Nottingham, with the support of HRLC and SAR. Under this initiative students take on the case of one or more scholars facing unjust restrictions, prosecution or imprisonment due to their academic work and create an advocacy campaign in support of the scholar. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community.
HRLC project work
The Unit annually advertises several student assistance positions and paid summer internships to University of Nottingham students.