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Human Rights Centre

Postgraduate Research

Durham Law School is home to a large, diverse and dynamic community of postgraduate researchers undertaking studies towards conferral of MPhil, MJur and PhD degrees. Many of these researchers are associate members of the Human Rights Centre. Associate membership allows postgraduate research students to be fully embedded in the intensive research culture of human rights scholarship in Durham Law School. PGRs contribute to Centre activities through organisation and participation in an annual postgraduate research conference, attendance at the Centre seminar series and annual lecture, and participation in Centre governance through the annual centre meeting. Furthermore, the postgraduate research community is encouraged to develop leadership skills within the Centre, where they enjoy the flexibility to propose and run events for the PGR community and the Centre more broadly. This complements the opportunity provided by the Centre for intellectual engagement with the broad range of human rights expertise within Durham Law School.

Funding Opportunities

Prospective research students at Durham Human Rights Centre can avail of a wide range of competitive funding opportunities administered at School, Faculty and (inter)national levels. Information about funding is available here.

PGR Activities at Durham Human Rights Centre

As well as engaging in their personal research projects leading to award of MJur and PhD degrees, postgraduate researchers are fully integrated members of the Durham Human Rights Centre and the broader academic community of the School and University. The Centre has two deputy convenors, both of whom are PGR students (at present these are Daniel Lowe and Rumyana Grozdanova). The deputy convenors work with the directors to develop the work of the Centre, bringing to bear on planning and administration the particular needs and interests of the PGR community. They lead the sub-committee of PGR students organising the annual conference for post-graduate students as well as proposing and organising other activities (such as an informal reading circle) reflecting the interests of the PGR community in the Centre. A number of associate members of the Centre also teach on rights-related courses in the Law School, such as Individual & the State and UK Constitutional Law.

Interested in Postgraduate Research at Durham Human Rights Centre?

Postgraduate research in Durham Human Rights Centre offers the opportunity for world class supervision with academic leaders in multiple fields of human rights work and across a range of methodological approaches, in the enriching and stimulating environment of one of the world's finest universities. In order to support postgraduate researchers, Durham Law School offers specialised research training, complementing the University research training programmes and initiatives. Prospective postgraduate researchers with an interest in human rights are encourgaed to consult the Law School postgraduate page and the Director of Postgraduate Rearch, Prof Shaun Pattinson. Details of current postgraduate researchers are available here.