Association of Human Rights Institutes
April 2022

Dear AHRI colleagues,

Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter. We hope that this semester has been one of growth and productivity. We would like to thank all of you for continuing to subscribe to our newsletter and engage with our member institutes events and news. 

- AHRI Secretariat

Featured Institute: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, University of Vienna, Austria

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) is Austria’s largest research institute specialising in human rights. As a non-profit organisation affiliated with the University of Vienna and committed to an interdisciplinary and translational approach, it conducts national and international research on a variety of human rights issues, including the interaction between climate change and migration movements, the rights of people with mental disabilities in the criminal justice system, or the rule of law in the EU enlargement region. 

The research areas are divided into seven Programme Lines. The LBI-GMR as an independent, non-university research institute that was founded in 1992 as an institute of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft. The institute currently consists of 30 employees from various disciplines and also hosts interns and guest researchers. Since 2019 the Institute is headed by Michael Lysander Fremuth as its Scientific Director and Patricia Mussi-Mailer as its Administrative Director. 


Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Lysander Fremuth, Scientific Director

Mag.a, MA, Patricia Mussi-Mailer, Administrative Director

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The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, will host the AHRI 2022 conference at its Future Africa campus on 2-3 September 2022, preceded by a doctoral/early researcher workshop on 1 September. The theme of the conference will be technology and human rights with panels on the following themes:


The deadline for Abstracts has been moved to April 15, 2022


Track 1: Surveillance and vulnerability

Track 2 Survival and sustainability

Track 3: Democratic participation and accountability 


The conference will be presented in hybrid format with the possibility of presenting papers in person or online.



Read the full call here, ahri_2022_call_for_papers

AHRI Members' News

Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, UK


The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open

The HRD Hub at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, recently published the first paper in a new series of working papers based on conversations that have taken place between artists, activists and academics as part of the Arctivism project. These conversations aim to explore in more detail the creative practices of collaborations between artists and activists and to better understand the role of art in activism. The paper is based on the first conversation in the series – The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open – which considered how artists and activists in South Africa, Uganda and the Philippines reacted to restrictions imposed during the pandemic and pushed back against closing civic and political spaces.

Find the link, here.

FRA (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) 

Selected Recent Publications

Selected upcoming publications:

  • End of April: FRA Booklet on the Framework for Human Rights Cities 
  • May: Charter e-guidance and Charter case studies, for FRA’s products in the field of the EU Charter of fundamental rights see here:
  • May: Migration Bulletin (January – March 2022)
  • June: Fundamental Rights Report 2022. Note that the FRR 2022 will have a focus section on the impact of COVID recovery measures on social rights

Selected recent events:

  • 6 April: FRA ran a webinar on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) and how civil society organisations can make use of it. Recordings available under the Fundamental Rights Platform library
  • 28 March: FRA Director addressed Human Dimension Meeting on the human rights impact of the war in Ukraine
  • 28 March: FRA gave input on business and human rights in a Council of Europe workshop drawing from its access to remedies report. 
  • 10 March: FRA, in cooperation with the National Roma Contact Points presented preliminary results from its FRA’s Roma survey 2020
  • 24 February: FRA Director spoke at the UN-EU high-level policy dialogue on protecting the safety of journalists, media freedom and pluralism in the European Union. He presented the results of the Agency’s 2019 Fundamental Rights Survey related to media freedom: on average 75% of people in Europe think that free media is important, but the figure is much lower in some countries.

Other information of interest:

  • Check FRA publications here
  • Check FRA news here
  •  Subscribe the FRA newsletter here


AHRI Members' events and calls
  • Event: 7th guest lecture of a Lecture series "Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives”.
  • Call for Applications: International Humanitarian Law Summer School 
  • Call for Applications: Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’

Human Rights Department, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland


Date: April 28, 2022

7th guest lecture of a Lecture series "Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives”.

The Human Rights Department (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) and Poznań Human Rights Centre (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) are pleased to invite you to a 7th lecture of a Lecture series "Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives”. The Lecture series is organized in association with AHRI.

Guest lecture will be delivered by Dr. Elaine Webster (Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland, Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law) who will be presenting a topic "The prohibition of degrading treatment in human rights law: From interpretation to implementation across international and local scales".

Date: 28 April 2022 (Thursday) at 1:00 PM CET.

Lectures are organized online via a BigBlueButton platform. A dedicated virtual room is accessible at: No prior registration required. The event is on April 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM CET

More information about the lecture on FB:

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada

Call for Applications

Deadline: May 6, 2022

International Humanitarian Law Summer School

The University of Ottawa and the Canadian Red Cross are organizing their 2022 Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The goal of this course is to offer students and professionals the fundamentals of IHL and the opportunity to apply this knowledge through realistic case studies and a full simulation day.

The course is offered in English and French and enrolment is limited to 30 participants by language group. Sessions will take place between May 29th and June 3rd in Ottawa, Canada.

Specific questions can be answered by contacting

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Centre for Human Rights, Ghent University


Call for Application 


Deadline: May 2, 2022


Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’

The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, and the Global Campus on Human Rights are pleased to invite highly motivated undergraduate students that are achieving their degrees in law, political sciences, public health, criminology, or postgraduate students (masters, LLM, PhD or postdoc) as well as staff of civil society organisations and policymakers to the 1st edition of the Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty'. 

This summer course will be held on the Zoom platform from the 5th to the 8th of July 2022.

Curated by Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera (Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna), this course is a great opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the structural problems around prisons through the lens of international human rights law, public health, criminal law, and practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa and North & South America working in this field, gaining awareness of complex issues related to the human rights of persons deprived of liberty. 

Applications are open until Monday 2 May 2022.
Apply now: Summer School on line application platform 
More details: Download the Summer School Program

Reminders: AHRI Members' Events and Calls
  • Call for Applications: 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Call for Applications: Helena Kennedy Centre Sanctuary Scholarship

American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, U.S.A

Call for Applications

Deadline: May, 2022

2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce the 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Offering a robust program that includes 17 courses in English and Spanish, and bringing to you the top human rights experts in the field. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, in real time, from experts that are actively addressing the most relevant and current issues in the human rights field. Participants will also network with mid-career professionals, human rights defenders and activists, and law students from all over the world!

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is an important referent in the world in topics of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and it is the only Academic Institution in the US with programs in English, Spanish and Portuguese. American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), International Law program is ranked #6 among all the law schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. AUWCL has also been featured as the best schools for diversity and International Law, and in 2021 received the A+ ranking in International Law from preLaw Magazine.

Follow links below for more information

·       Courses

·       Professors

·       Registration

·       Brochure


*The program will also have online offerings via live sessions for those unable to come to the in-person program.    

*U.S. students seeking ABA credits can also enroll! 

Please contact the program for additional information:  

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Call for Applications
Deadline: April 19, 2022

Helena Kennedy Centre Sanctuary Scholarship

Sheffield Hallam University offers three Sanctuary Scholarships per academic year to support talented students who have sought asylum in the UK. One of them is the Helena Kennedy Centre Sanctuary Scholarship for MA or LLM Applied Human Rights course. 

Deadline: 19 April 2022, 23:55

Read more here. 

The GREAT Scholarship for Justice and Law

Deadline: May 31, 2022

The GREAT Scholarships for justice and law are jointly funded by Sheffield Hallam University with the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign and the British Council. They are exclusively for students domiciled in Nigeria and India, starting one of the following full-time postgraduate taught courses in September 2022. The scholarship provides a £10,000 tuition fee waiver for the first year of study on one of the following courses: 

- MA Applied Human Rights
- LLM Applied Human Rights
- MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
- LLM Legal Professional Practice

Deadline: 31 May 2022

Read more here.

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