Academy Joins Association of Human Rights Institutes

 

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WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2015 – The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce that it has joined the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI). The Academy is the first U.S. human rights institution that joins this network. Its integration was formalized by the General Assembly of AHRI on September 21, 2015 during the conference hosted by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights in Serbia. Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón represented the institution and made a brief presentation about the work of the Academy.

At the General Assembly in Belgrade, the AHRI member institutions also adopted the "AHRI Belgrade Declaration on the Refugee Crisis in Europe" (available at: http://www.ahri-network.org/images/AHRI%20Belgrade%20Declaration.pdf).

Pictured at right: Dr. Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Research Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dr. Vesna Petrovic, Executive Director of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Serbia; and Prof. Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-Director Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law AUWCL.

AHRI is a network of more than 50 member institutions from 24 different countries worldwide that carry out research and education in the field of human rights. AHRI's objective is to bring together human rights researchers from across the disciplines, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and collaboration, and to promote research, education, and discussion in the field of human rights. Furthermore, AHRI is supportive of doctoral researchers and the facilitation of exchange between the different member institutions. Other member institutions of the network include:

  • Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Serbia
  • Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
  • Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice-Lido, Italy
  • European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Graz, Austria
  • German Institute for Human Rights, Germany
  • Human Rights and Globalization Research Group, University of Seville, Spain
  • Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University
  • Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK
  • Human Rights Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham School of Law, UK
  • UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, University of Luxembourg
  • Human Rights Programme at the University of Sydney, Australia
  • Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • Icelandic Human Rights Center, Iceland
  • Institute for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Iceland
  • Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Institute of Human Rights, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Institute of Human Rights, University of Latvia
  • Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples, University of Padua, Italy
  • Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Austria
  • Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, The Netherlands
  • Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
  • Poznan Centre for Human Rights, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden
  • Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights, Bern, Switzerland
  • The Research Group Law and Development, University of Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia
  • Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Jordanstown/Magee, UK
  • University of Zürich Competence Centre for Human Rights, Switzerland
  • Crucible Centre for Human Rights, Roehampton University, UK
  • Czech Center for Human Rights and Democratization (CCHRD), Czech Republic
  • The Human Rights Program of the Legal Studies Department, Central European University, Hungary
  • Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law, the University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Human Rights Implementation Centre, The University of Bristol, UK
  • Centre for Human Rights, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies,  K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London, UK
  • School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Research Centre Human Rights, University of Vienna
  • Human Rights Centre, Durham Law School
  • Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
  • The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC)

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