About The School

The School of Human Rights Research aims at promoting disciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific research in the field of human rights. By means of critical analysis and the submission of proposals, based on thorough scientific research, the School wants to contribute to the further implementation and strengthening of international, regional and national systems of protection of human rights. The research plan of the School for the period 2011-2016 can be consulted here.

The School is an inter-university alliance of universities and research institutes a joint effort of the School of Law and the Faculty of the Humanities of Utrecht University, and the Faculties of Law of Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tilburg University and Leiden University. The T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, also participates in the Research School and the University of Amsterdam is an aspirant member. The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University is entrusted with the administration of the School and hosts the secretariat and management of the School.

The School aims to unite researchers in the field of human rights and provides a joint training programme for Ph.D. researchers who are employed at the universities participating in the School. Various disciplines are represented within the Research School: Law (including several sub-disciplines), Political Science, History, Philosophy, and Cultural Anthropology. For information about membership and application procedure, click here.

The School is being run on a daily basis by the Management Team, in particular by the Director and the Registrar who are fully accountable to the Board consisting of representatives (senior researchers) of the participating institutions (see under contact on this website); junior researchers are represented in the Board by the chair of the PhD Council.

The School of Human Rights Research was officially recognised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1995 and re-accredited in 2000, 2005 and 2011. In 2009 an international peer review (the third one in the history of the School) was conducted in order to assess the extent to which the School is achieving its goals; for a report, click here.