Photo by Sophie Giffard, taken with permission Megan Cowley, a recent graduate of the Understanding and Securing Human Rights master’s degree offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was awarded the 2016 Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. She describes her research conducted in a rural district in Nepal, which she used as a case study […]
Rachael Anne Roberts, a student on the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, retraces the history of human rights activism in Bloomsbury by walking in the footsteps of some of its past residents.
Hopes were high in May 1991 when the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) captured the Eritrean capital, Asmara, and helped the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) overthrow Mengistu Haile Mariam, the Ethiopian military dictator. It was thought that the movement which had been fighting for decades for independence would usher in an era of peace, […]
Minah Ahn, a student on the understanding and securing human rights master’s course at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, reflects on a Geneva study tour, a highlight of the programme which is offered by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS).
Image: Jonathan Goldberg, www.jongoldberg.co.uk Justine Taylor, a human rights activist and student on the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum to argue the case for urban farming, which she says is not ‘just a trendy hipster gimmick.’
In an unassuming street in London’s posh Primrose Hill, there is a buzz about a particular house that was purchased last September by India’s state government of Maharashtra, and opened as a museum and learning centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its blue plaque reads: ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for Social Justice, […]
Abe Ncube has just completed the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights degree offered by SAS’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) for which he was awarded the Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. He explains how he used Zimbabwe as a case study to explore the question ‘Do amnesties undermine human rights?’ by looking […]
The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights was established in 1995 in collaboration with staff at Amnesty International. The original aim of the programme was to provide formalised training for human rights professionals. It uniquely combined an interdisciplinary critical study of human rights with a focus on the skills for securing human rights in […]
As director of the Human Rights Consortium’s Extreme Energy Initiative, earlier this year Dr Damien short was asked by local resident’s groups to provide expert testimony to the Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee (DCC) on the human rights impacts of fracking – the controversial unconventional gas extraction technique. I have been studying the social […]
Soup. It’s had a bad name lately. With the growth of soup kitchens and food banks, there are negative connotations. But the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has taken an innovative Detroit idea, originally conceived to drive urban regeneration, and turned it into a welcome dissertation […]