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Welcome to the Human Rights Consortium

We bring together multidisciplinary expertise to provide a national and international collaborative centre for the support, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work in human rights.



The Ecocide Project 

Launched in June 2012, The Ecocide Project of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, is a unique academic forum that provides a national focal point for leading, facilitating and promoting research into the problem of ecocide through a programme of conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other activities.

Groundbreaking research into the law of Ecocide will be announced on 19 July 2012 where a panel will debate Human Rights Consortium’s first research paper for The Ecocide Project entitled Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace. Register for this event

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Dr Damien Short

Dr Damien Short is the Director of the Human Rights Consortium and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Damien’s interests include sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights, indigenous rights, the ecological crisis and human rights, reconciliation initiatives and genocide studies, with specific reference to North America and Australasia. Damien has published many articles on indigenous peoples, reconciliation and on the social construction of land rights and is an academic consultant for the Soil Association and War on Want.

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In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights

In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights

Helle Abelvik-Lawson Anthony Hett and Laila Sumpton

In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights is an anthology of new poetry exploring human rights and social justice themes. This collection, a collaboration between the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the Keats House Poets, brings together writing ...


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'In Protest': New poetry anthology explores human rights and social justice

A unique collaboration brings together literature and human rights research.