Participating in our stand-alone projects and our module-based projects and being part of the Clinic gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on real-world issues and for organisations working in the field of human rights. This experience gives you an insight into the world of human rights both from a practical and academic perspective. Through the Clinic, you will learn substantive human rights law, develop professional techniques and explore different models/theories for the effective promotion of human rights.
The work you'll be involved in combines both hands-on practical experience in human rights and classroom study. You'll work in teams with the guidance of a supervisor to investigate and document human rights violations and/or strengthen human rights initiatives, through collaboration with the many partners with which the Clinic works. Our partners include governments, NGOs and international organisations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations.
If you're a student at Essex and you'd like to work in the Human Rights Centre Clinic, you can explore more information about our projects below, including details on how to apply.
Applications for 2022-23 are now closed and will reopen in the summer term.
"An invaluable experience in discovering what it means to be in a truly diverse team with the conflicts and opportunity for learning that it can bring. I believe I came out of it a more rounded human rights advocate"
The project will contribute to the understanding of the impact of anti-discrimination laws on minorities and indigenous peoples in the Middle East and North Africa, and will inform the research, training and advocacy by Minority Rights Group in the region.
The project will contribute to promote accountability for corporate capture and highlight corporate impact and responsibilities in relation to human rights and debt.
This project will examine what Colombia has done to provide guarantees of non-recurrence after periods of massive violence or systematic human rights violations.
This project will examine the implications of the international recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the level of national laws and policies, with a particular focus on the UK.
This project will contribute to the International Expert Panel on State Impunity and the Northern Ireland Conflict set up by the Committee on the Administration of Justice and the Pat Finucane Centre.
This project will map the mechanisms for oversight, scrutiny, and accountability of UK Special Forces activities, to provide recommendations for how the UK could ensure that Special Forces activities are subject to meaningful oversight and accountability, without compromising troops’ safety or national security, and provide advocacy opportunities to educate parliamentarians on investigations.
The Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU) is based within the Human Rights Centre Clinic at the University of Essex and will be under the supervision of Dr Matthew Gillett, a United Nations Special Mandate holder, as an expert member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.