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
2019Forced migration and displacement are often associated with increased exposure to various risks that negatively affect personal safety. While experiences of displaced populations are heterogeneous, women have been shown to be exposed to intersecting factors, such as vulnerability to gender-based violence,...
: Academic article
2019This book examines how key developments in international relations in recent years have affected intelligence agencies and their oversight. Since the turn of the millennium, intelligence agencies have been operating in a tense and rapidly changing security environment. This book addresses the impact...
Research projects about human rights
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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.