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GJA assumes leading role in global human rights network

The Global Justice Academy (GJA) is delighted to announce today that Dr Kasey McCall-Smith of Edinburgh Law School assumes the role of Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), following the official handover of the AHRI Secretariat to Scotland. 

The AHRI Secretariat officially transferred to Scotland at the AHRI 2017 Conference in Leuven on 28th April as a joint initiative by the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde. Dr McCall-Smith will lead AHRI on behalf of the GJA for a three-year term alongside Dr Elaine Webster of Strathclyde, who will serve as the Executive Secretary.

The GJA is looking forward to leading this international network of more than 60 member institutions, from over 30 different countries, which undertake research and educational activities in the field of human rights globally. As part of this, the GJA will host the 2018 AHRI Conference in Edinburgh Law School.


AHRI was founded in 2000 by a number of well-known human rights scholars and activists and has grown to be one of the largest human rights focused research networks. AHRI holds annual conferences focusing on new research on pressing human rights issues across the globe. The 2017 conference was hosted by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Belgium, 27 & 28 April 2017, when the Scotland Secretariat was endorsed by the AHRI General Assembly following five years of outstanding leadership by the Danish Institute for Human Rights


Dr Kasey McCall-Smith pictured below with Dr Elaine Webster (standing together in the middle of the photograph) at AHRI 2017 conference in Leuven, where the official handover took place. The outgoing Chair, Dr Jonas Christoffersen, and previous Executive Secretary, Dr Eva Maria Lassen are also pictured, both of The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen.

Dr Kasey McCall-Smith pictured with Dr Elaine Webster at AHRI 2017 Conference