Research on Human Rights and Diversities

We engage in interdisciplinary research on the interplay between human rights and diversity. It is our aim to cultivate research related to human rights and diversities theoretically and in relation to professional practice, addressing questions related to issues of universality/contingency of human rights, professional ethics, international human rights law, history and human rights in professional practice.

The research explores human rights in its multifaceted theoretical foundations and practical applications in diverse and multicultural contexts, hereunder we address questions related to:

  • Human dignity and the “human” in human rights
  • Critical, cultural, legal and religious perspectives on Human Rights
  • International human rights law and the articulations between its critical epistemologies and legal reasoning. International human rights law and power.
  • Post-conflict situations and transitional justice
  • Migration
  • Environmental issues and sustainable development

The research group also addresses human rights education in its different levels and various contexts, including human rights in professional practice and professional ethics.

The research group aims to consolidate and develop existing expertise across faculties, in order to support individual researchers, develop research projects with national and international partners, also with a view to include master degree students in relevant small scale research projects. 

Research methods and disciplines

The Human rights and diversities research group engages in cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Researchers’ backgrounds include i.e. law, political science, philosophy, religion, culture studies, education, international relations, social geography, sociology, drawing on critical, post-structural, interpretive and hermeneutical traditions.

National and international partners

  • Norwegian Centre for human rights, University of Oslo
  • University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Unisinos University, Brazil.
  • Migration and Diaspora research group, University of Helsinki
  • University of Duhok, Iraq

Current research projects

Shaping culture: the effect of international human rights agencies on local cultures.
Role of cultural heritage in migrants´ integration and social cohesion

Current development projects

Human rights and reconciliation in a post-conflict, multicultural society (With University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka).

Group members