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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.

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'. A blog from this event is here.

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

An online distance learning programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to help you make positive social change.

Association of Human Rights Institutes

AHRI is an international human rights network of more than 60 member institutions, from over 30 different countries. The Global Justice Academy assumed the role of Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes in April 2017. This role is a three-year term undertaken by Dr Kasey McCall-Smith on behalf of the GJA.

Human Rights Act Watch

Human Rights Act resources, curated by us.

Refugee Crisis Portal

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

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.

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.

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.

Minority Women, Activism and Austerity

A comparative study examining minority women’s experiences of, and activism against, austerity in Scotland, England and France.

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?

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.

Ruth Adler Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

An annual keynote lecture hosted by Edinburgh Law School and the Global Justice Academy to commemorate Ruth Adler's life and workMeet our Management Committee and Steering Committee Members.

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.

Online Undergraduate Course in Sustainability

A new online undergraduate course in 'Sustainability & Social Responsibility' will receive its first students in January 2017. The coures 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.