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 Dec 2019
PODCAST: Ramzan Kadyrov’s reign in Chechnya has cast a wave of fear and oppression across this Russian republic. What does that mean for the people living there, and for those who have fled the region in fear? And why don’t we talk more about this in the West?
6 Sep 2017
How does the world appear seen from China and the Nordics?
Publications about human rights
: Academic article
2016‘Energy democracy’ has evolved from a slogan used by activists demanding a greater say in energy-related decision-making to a term used in policy documents and scholarly literature on energy governance and energy transitions. This article reviews the academic literature using a combination of three methodological...
: Academic anthology
Democracy and Human Rights in Contemporary Latin America (2015-2020): Trends, challenges, and prospects2020Through a review of scholarly and other well-informed articles as well as media reports, this CMI Report aims to summarize discussions on challenges for democracy and human rights in Latin America during the last half-decade. The region faces a highly difficult economic outlook, consisting of low commodity...
Research projects about human rights
2020 - 2021 (Ongoing)
This collaborative project between NUPI, ACCORD and ECFR aims to stimulate and enrich the dialogue in Africa and Europe on the underlying geopolitical, COVID-19, peace and security and other key developments...
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2018 - 2019 (Ongoing)
What are Chinese priorities in relation to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and how do Chinese actors promote their interests and prospects for international cooperation?
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.