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The Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) consists of over 70 member institutions that carry out research and education in the field of human rights. The objective of AHRI is to promote research, education and discussion in the field of human rights. 

Learn more about AHRI

AHRI Conferences

The Global Justice Academy holds the Secretariat of the Association of Human Rights Institutes. As Secretariat, the Global Justice Academy has hosted two conferences:

AHRI Conference 2020

The future of human rights: Socio-economic rights, equality and development

The 2020 AHRI Conference took place in a virtual format on 4 - 5 September 2020.  

View the conference website

AHRI Conference 2018

Renewing Rights in Times of Transition: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 2018 AHRI Conference took place in Edinburgh on 6-8 September 2018.

View videos from our opening session, plenary panels, and close address from Anne Roosevelt

The Global Justice Academy has recorded some keynote lectures and audio interviews (and transcripts) with key figures in the global justice debate. These are free for all to view and to listen to and are collected in the following media libraries.

Podcast Library

The Global Justice Academy and Global Development Academy collaborate on a joint podcast series called 'The Global Conversation'.

Funded by a Knowledge Exchange Grant, 'The Global Conversation' is a series of interviews with academics, activists and practitioners whose work is directly concerned with issues of global justice and international development. 

The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep) hosts a series of podcasts relating to the programme's research interests and broader activities of the consortium partners.

Video Library

View the GJA video channel on Mediahopper

Our students are an active part of the GJA's engagement efforts. Through our affiliated LLM in Human Rights at Edinburgh Law School, students contribute their research power to the development of materials that assist civil society organisations in delivering their programmes of work and action.

The two vehicles through which this research is delivered include the Human Rights Clinic and the Work-based Placement programme. 

Human Rights Clinic


The human Rights Clinic worked with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights).

Publication: Child Rights Budgeting in Scotland. Recommendations for Fulfilment of Legal Obligations


The Human Rights Clinic worked with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights).

Publication: Using CRWIA to promote child-rights-based decision-making

Work-based Placements 

Below you will find a few examples of our recent Work-based Placements.


Kira Kolesnik worked with Nourish Scotland.

Publication: Becoming a Right to Food Place - Briefing


Emma Sullivan worked with the Human Rights Consortium Scotland.

Publication: Incorporating the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

Kate Whiting worked with the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland.

Publication: Older children in conflict with the law in Scotland


Sofie Quist worked with Nourish Scotland.

Publication: Two reports too many: It's time for the right to food


Maria Doyle worked with Together.

Publication: The Impact of Brexit on Children and Young People

Lee Caspi worked with Amnesty Scotland.

Publications: Bureaucratic Borders and The UK Home Office - Where Arts Go to Die

10 December 2023 is the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). To mark this anniversary and reflect on the relevance of the UDHR today, the Global Justice Academy hosted a celebratory event in the lead up to International Human Rights Day.

As part of this event, we invited current students studying International Human Rights Law (or related classes), past LLM in Human Rights graduates and PGR students at the Edinburgh Law School to get involved! 

All contributions concisely explained why a particular UDHR article is important in relation to the past, present and or future. How is or should the article be reflected in the world in life, work, etc. 

The idea is that everyone comes from a different place and circumstance. The UDHR is 75 but we see its contents in laws across national and international legal systems. We want to celebrate why this foundational human rights instrument is still relevant and important today. 

All contributions will be gradually uploaded onto the Global Justice Academy blog throughout the month of December. 

Global Justice Academy Blog