Human rights research is part and parcel of the Law School's five research programmes and of the University's focus on Conflicts and Human Rights.

This is an overview of current and recent research projects within SIM:


FRAME – Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies (2013-2017)

In the FRAME-project SIM investigates the role and coherence of human rights in the internal and external policies of the European Union.

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GIRARE – Gender Identity Registration and Human Rights Effects

GIRARE is an interdisciplinary research project that currently involves Utrecht University researchers from SIM / UCERF (Marjolein van den Brink) and Humanities / Gender Studies […]

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TJDI – Impact of Transitional Justice Measures on Democratic Institution-Building (2013-2016)

This cooperative project between SIM and the University of East London analyses the consequences of choices made in ‘transitional justice’ on the quality of democracy.

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Words of Violence (2010-2013)

In the research project Words of Violence, Antoine Buyse investigates the interlinkages between freedom of expression, the media and violent conflict escalation. The multidisciplinary project […]

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