About us

The Human Rights Implementation Centre is a leading institution for the implementation of human rights, that works in collaboration with a number of organisations and bodies, including those in the United Nations, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Council of Europe, governments and organisations at the national level

What we do

The Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) was established in 2009, within the Law School of the University of Bristol, to enhance the implementation of human rights worldwide through research, education and discussion. Accordingly, it leads a portfolio of research projects and provides advice to institutions and organisations.

The Centre works with a range of institutions to create a better understanding of how the implementation of human rights can be strengthened globally. HRIC provides expertise, advice and scholarship on the role of institutions, at a national, regional and international level, in the implementation of human rights. It is recognised as one of the leading institutions for expertise on national mechanisms to prevent torture.

HRIC works at the national level with governments, statutory and constitutional bodies, such as national human rights institutions and civil society organisations; and at the international level with regional bodies (such as the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the AU, the Council of Europe, and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe); and institutions under the UN, both treaty bodies, the Special Procedures and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Centre leads a portfolio of research, encompassing six themes:

HRIC is keen for its research to be practically applicable and relevant to a variety of policy-makers and other stakeholders. It is often approached for expert advice and its staff are asked to participate in various events.

Staff at the HRIC include leaders in the field of international human rights law. They are recognised as being at the forefront of human rights research and have contributed major academic publications to leading journals. HRIC welcomes a number of visiting staff who are human rights experts to work with the Centre. The Centre hosts a series of Visiting staff seminar at the University of Bristol by experts among its visiting staff.

The Centre involves students in its work and has created a number of opportunities which helps them to gain experience, as well as develop essential skills for human rights-related work. The Centre runs a Human Rights Law Clinic, which enables students to provide pro-bono legal research assistance to organisations litigating alleged human rights violations before international and regional human rights bodies.


Funding for the work of the HRIC comes from a range of different sources both internal (the Vice Chancellor’s Fund at the University of Bristol) and external: Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Oak Foundation, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Commission, and Open Society Foundations among others.