Human Rights Law Centre

Economic and Social Rights Unit

Economic and Social Rights (ESR) are becoming ever more prominent in human rights law scholarship and practice, both in the UK and internationally. The ESR expertise within the School of Law at Nottingham and the HRLC stretches across a broad range of ESR issues, including those relating to international, regional and domestic human rights law, health, disability, children's rights, housing and social welfare, and public finance. 

As such, the Unit is exceptionally well-placed to assume a leading position with regard to ESR research in the UK. 

Led by Professor Aoife Nolan, ESR Unit members are involved in an array of ESR-related activities domestically and internationally.

Reflecting the key themes in contemporary ESR scholarship, the Unit focuses on interdisciplinary work and seeks to engage with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including:

ESR Unit welcome

  • governments and other state actors
  • practitioners
  • advocates
  • national human rights institutions
  • human rights scholars
  • both inter- and non-governmental organisations



Professor Aoife Nolan leads the ESR Unit and has been Professor of International Human Rights Law since 2012.


News from ESR Unit's former interns and PhD students around the world.

Training materials

The materials are a key resource for national and international actors seeking to improve the implementation of economic and social rights in the UK and beyond.


ESR news 

Image credit: You saw it in the tears of those who survived, Graffiti by Ben Eine, Poetry by Ben Okri, by duncan c is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 

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