Poznań Human Rights Centre

Poznań Human Rights Centre

About us

Founded in 1973, Poznań Human Rights Centre is the key center of expertise on human rights in Poland.

Research interests:

  • universal and European human rights protection systems, with special focus on the UN system, as well as Council of Europe and the European Union’s systems,
  • rule of law and human rights standards in CoE,
  • transitional justice and democratization in comparative perspective.

Current research focus:

  • impact of UN human rights bodies on the European Court of Human Rights,
  • Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council,
  • memory laws,
  • hate speech,
  • mechanisms countering discrimination on basis of sex,
  • mechanisms countering violence against women,
  • reproductive rights,
  • enforced disappearances

International research cooperation

  • Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives MELA research consortium between the Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Bologna, T.M.C. Asser Institute and Queen Mary’s University London for 2016-2019 with a generous support of the European Commission’s HERA.

International Cooperation

  • Council of Europe Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law in (Strasbourg, France)
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • The Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland)
  • The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) – Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  • The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (the Hague, the Netherlands)

Membership in international research and educational networks

  • European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights Centre for Human Rights & Democratisation (EIUC)
  • European Master s Degree in Human Rights & Democratisation (E.MA)
  • Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI)
  • EU-China Human Rights Network

Summer Course on the International Protection of Human Rights

Since 1992, Poznań Human Rights Center organizes annual summer course for lawyers, researchers, NGO staffers, journalists, young professionals and students. The lectures and workshops are conducted by professors universities in Poland and abroad as well as UN, CoE and OSCE experts. Learn more.