Bundling competencies and independent research
The Centre for Human Rights Studies of the University of Zurich (UZHR) is an interdisciplinary scientific network with the goal of promoting and coordinating research, teaching and knowledge transfer in the area of human rights.
Through the institutional concentration of the competencies of the participating experts, who come from different areas of research, the UZHR contributes to making current knowledge available and promoting its development. At present, more than 50 members (member list), who tackle human rights questions related to our main research areas in their own research, are united under the roof of the UZHR organisation.
At the same time, the UZHR is directly involved in research projects through cooperations with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Trade Regulation and the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCEHR), where the UZHR is responsible for the human rights and business cluster (current SCEHR newsletter).
In addition to compiling and further developing the human rights knowledge base, the UZHR actively promotes a comprehensive knowledge exchange with business and political actors as well as the general public. Since its foundation the UZHR has organized different lecture series on human rights issues (current topic: human rights questions related to dementia), and recently, it has started a new doctoral colloquium on the subject of human dignity.
The UZHR aims to increase awareness for human rights issues with events, studies and other relevant knowledge transfer efforts tailored to specific target groups. Thanks to this engagement and effort, the UZHR is now a contact point for everyone seeking expertise and advisory services on the subject of human rights in Switzerland.