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Exploring justice, promoting human rights

Prof Sir Nigel Rodley

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

The late Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE was a global figure within the field of human rights and one of the founding fathers of our Human Rights Centre. Read our official tributes to Sir Nigel.

We are one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world and enjoy a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice, and education.

We bring together over 80 academic staff from 11 departments who are prominent scholars in human rights and advise and act on behalf of governments, NGOs, national and regional human rights bodies, and international organisations such as the United Nations. Our research and practice-led education, and the high calibre of our students produces consistently high graduate employment rates. Many alumni now work in human rights leadership positions throughout the world.

Why Human Rights at Essex?

  • Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of our work in advancing global human rights
  • Excellence in human rights theory and practice central to our research and education
  • Vibrant and committed research community offering unparalleled range of human rights expertise across disciplines

Study with us

Study with us

Studying human rights with us provides you with a first-class academic education. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and innovative PhD, provide you with an in-depth and critical understanding of human rights and how they are applied in practice.


HRC event audience

Our Human Rights Centre runs a wide range of events throughout the year. Find out more about events such as our speaker series, lunchtime seminars, film screenings, or social events.

Summer school

Summer school

The Human Rights Centre runs a pioneering summer school on methods for human rights research. Discounts available for academic and not-for profit sectors as well as Essex research students, alumni and staff.