Human rights norms revolve around the sacredness of the individual. They have a long history, stretching back long before the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948.
Over the course of the last two decades in particular, human rights norms have increasingly come to define a framework for political debates about development, conflict, environmental issues, trade, humanitarian relief, and more. This development has gone hand in hand with an increased inclusion of human rights norms in national legislation.
Research on human rights includes:
• The spread of human rights and their variable implementation within different states
• More legally oriented studies explore the legal status of human rights norms compared to other legal norms
• A more novel, and critical, strand of analysis focus on how human rights discourses facilitate some types of political claims while foreclosing others, and on how some actors become empowered to speak on behalf of larger groups
News about human rights
6 Sep 2017
How does the world appear seen from China and the Nordics?
21 Mar 2017
What is new and different about development as it goes more global today?
Publications about human rights
: NUPI Policy Brief
2017This policy brief aims to spark reflection on the conditions of domestic workers, and the importance of independent institutions like trade unions for protecting their rights. Drawing on conversations with domestic workers in Lima, Peru, it shows how particularly those who live with their employees are...
2017The plural legal system in post-conflict Liberia expresses tensions between modern and customary institutions. This article seeks to understand how Liberians navigate choices in the plural legal system to address gender-based violence cases. By asking how and why people make the choices they do, we highlight...
: NUPI Policy Brief
2016What has come to be called the ‘refugee crisis’ is the latest in a series of crises bedevilling the European Union – the four-fold monetary,budgetary, economic and financial ‘Euro-crisis’; a geopolitical security challenge posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,the war in Syria and incursions into NATO...
Research projects about human rights
2011 - 2015 (Completed)
GR:EEN will study the current and future role of the EU in an emerging multi-polar world through a programme of stock-taking, multi-disciplinary research and complementary activities.