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Human Rights and Social Justice



Find our more about how we focus on Human Rights and Social Justice through research, teaching, and knowledge exchange.

Edinburgh Declaration on Human Rights

On 6-8 September 2018, the Global Justice Academy hosted the Association of Human Rights Institutes' Annual Conference in Edinburgh. As part of each conference, the AHRI Secretariat adopts a Declaration on Human Rights, which is then published in multiple languages.

Association of Human Rights Institutes

From April 2017, the GJA assumed the Secretariat of  the AHRI network of more than 60 member institutions, from over 30 different countries. We will be hosting the annual conference in 2018 at Edinburgh Law School.

Brexit and Rights

Regular updates on Brexit and rights, curated by us.

Political Settlements Research Programme

Examining how political settlements come into being, how open and inclusive they are, and how internal and external actors shape them.

Ruth Adler Memorial Lecture in Human Rights 2018

An annual keynote lecture hosted by Edinburgh Law School and the Global Justice Academy to commemorate Ruth Adler's life and work. Philippe Sands QC will present the 2018 lecture on 24 October. Booking is now open.

LLM in Human Rights

An interdisciplinary programme providing a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context.

MSc in Social Justice and Community Action

Applications are now open for September 2019 entry onto this online distance learning programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to help you make positive social change.

Guantánamo Bay, Human Rights, and International Law

Dr Kasey McCall-Smith visited Guantánamo Bay in 2016 to observe its military commission proceedings. Read about her experience here.

The Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment

A comparative analysis of the challenges faced by those attempting to document torture and ill-treatment in Low-Income Countries, focusing on Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya.

Comparative Anthropology of Conscience, Ethics and Human Rights

Numerous international human rights documents formally declare their commitment to protect freedom of conscience. But, what is conscience and how do we know it when we see it?

Ruth Adler Memorial Lecture in Human Rights 2016

The 2016 lecture was delivered by Shami Chakrabarti. Watch the lecture for free.

Refugee Crisis Portal

Find out how the University of Edinburgh is responding to the ongoing refugee crisis, through events, activities, and practical action.

Realising Justice? Land Reform in Southern Africa

A collaborative programme of workshops, research and training, addressing the critical issues of land rights and reform in southern Africa.

Centre for Theology and Public Issues

Promoting reflection and research on important public issues to which theology can make a constructive contribution.

Caring for the Future through Ancestral Time

Examining the contrast between short-term and long-run temporalities in order to understand and repair the failure of modern industrial societies to mitigate human climate impacts.

Specifying & Securing a Social Minimum

In June 2017, the Global Justice Academy supported a workshop at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law on 'Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum'. Read the blog report from the workshop here.

Minority Women, Activism and Austerity

This comparative study examined minority women’s experiences of, and activism against, austerity in Scotland, England and France. This project finished in 2016, but the research website is still available.

Online Undergraduate Course in Sustainability

This new online undergraduate course in 'Sustainability & Social Responsibility' received its first students in January 2017. The course is open to all UoE undergraduates.

MSc in Carbon Management

A flagship taught postgraduate programme from the Global Environment and Society Academy, tackling the challenge of global climate change.

Our Changing World

A series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.

Centres and Projects

Other Centres and Projects working on Human Rights and Social Justice Issues.