Human Rights is one of the four research domains that the Centre explores within the overarching theme of global challenges and the contested global order.
Universal human rights as the normative bedrock of the international order have increasingly come under attack. Not only are the norms themselves violated on a large scale, by states, armed groups, businesses and individuals. The system of monitoring and supervision itself has equally come under pressure.
In authoritarian and hybrid regimes – but also in democracies – civic space, democracy, the rule of law, and their defenders, face increasing oppression, violence, and challenges to their legitimacy. At the same time, the world is confronted with ever more pressing issues of economic inequality, poverty, armed conflict, and environmental sustainability.
The question is how the existing human rights mechanisms can face these challenges and how they should adapt. These mechanisms are both arenas and sources of contestation. Human rights issues are thus at the core of the contested global order.