Human Rights Law Centre


The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, as well as strengthening the rule of law worldwide through research, training, publications, knowledge exchange and capacity-building. Our work is funded by numerous foundations, academic funds, governments and IGOs.

Founded in 1993 by Professor David Harris, one of the world’s most accomplished scholars in international law and human rights, the HRLC originally sought to conduct human rights research in the countries of the former USSR and provide training to the judiciary and law enforcement agencies in that region. From this beginning, the centre has grown to accommodate the key human rights challenges experienced in our increasingly globalised world.

We carry out our work through research, training, publications and capacity building. We have implemented programmes worldwide and collaborate with:

Our six operational units are shaped by the HRLC's expertise in business, trade and human rights, civil and political rights, economic and social rights, European human rights law, forced migration and international criminal justice.

We have an international reputation in providing short courses, tailored training and capacity building programmes and a summer school, which cover contemporary issues and practices in human rights law and criminal law at the national, regional and international level.

HRLC Leadership

The centre's work is located at the heart of human rights theory, policy and practice
Professor Aoife Nolan, Director of the Human Rights Law Centre
Mando Rachovista
The centre is a community embodying agency and change in law and practice.

Professor Mando Rachovitsa, Deputy Director and Associate Professor of Human Rights Law 


Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 8506