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Centre for Human Rights

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at Birmingham City University promotes the protection of human rights, access to justice and the rule of law, around the world.

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at Birmingham City University promotes the protection of human rights, access to justice and the rule of law, around the world.

Members undertake advisory roles in the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the African Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. We also provide consultancy services to individual governments and nongovernmental organisations, and in selected individual cases we draft legal opinions and file litigation briefs in domestic courts and in international human rights courts.

CHR members have received funding from the European Union’s Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, and the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and Democracy Program, for projects to promote and safeguard human rights.  

The work from the CHR significantly informs the School of Law’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission, in providing key publications, contributing the case studies, and creates an ideal pedagogical environment.   

Projects and consultancy

Our research provides insight into important human rights issues on a national and international scale.

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Research streams

Our legal clinic, consultancy services and work with partners are all engaged with protecting human rights around the world.

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Publications and events

A list of publications, stakeholder reports and current events.

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Members and partners

Learn more about the academic team working in the centre.

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CTA for Collaborate With Us page

PhD opportunities

The CHR has previously held two AHRC-funded studentships of the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C), and in 2019 we successfully achieved one further studentship. Find out more.

CHR Members provide the following to PhD students:

  • World-class supervision
  • Key access to the relevant international stakeholders
  • A holistic approach to career development
  • A wonderful collegiate environment

Enquire now

For more information please contact:

Professor Jon Yorke
Director and Professor of Human Rights
Email: jon.yorke@bcu.ac.uk

Dr Alice Storey
Associate Director (Clinic and Consultancy)
Email: alice.storey@bcu.ac.uk

Dr Amna Nazir
Associate Director (Partners, and Research and Education) 
Email: amna.nazir@bcu.ac.uk

Full list of Centre for Human Rights members.