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BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group

In 2007 a group of British Sociological Association members formed a new Study Group to bring together people interested in promoting the sociological study of rights.  The group embraces a wide range of rights based perspectives including for example: theories of rights, indigenous peoples, women's rights, social movements, transnational organisations, security and surveillance, conflict and divided societies, migration and environmental rights, LGBT and sexual orientation.  However, this list is not exhaustive and the membership of the group has grown considerably.

The study group held its first workshop September 2009 hosted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, from which emerged a number of influential publications. Since then the School's Human Rights Consortium has provided research promotion and facilitation support to the group. Forthcoming meeting and events will be listed below.

For more details see the group's website and the BSA website.

The Refugee Research Network

The Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), the only academic centre in the UK to concentrate specifically on international refugee law, has accepted an invitation to join the Refugee Research Network as an institutional partner.

The Refugee Research Network is run out of the Center for Refugee Studies at York University (Canada). The RNN seeks to generate and mobilise knowledge among scholars, practitioners and policymakers to benefit people who have been forcibly displaced. The aim of the RNN is to build a network of networks to promote connections throughout the field of refugee and forced migration studies, including facilitating interactions among the academic, practitioner and policymaking sectors, and creating spaces for the presentation and dissemination of the experiences and concerns of refugees themselves.

Dr David Cantor is the RLI Director.

UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights

The HRC is pleased to announce its partnership with the UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights. The network was established in 2009 by scholars primarily based in the UK, under the initiative of Dr. Gaetano Pentassuglia. The Network aims to organise conferences, roundtables and publications on topical issues surrounding the rights of minority groups. The interests of members are diverse and the network welcomes the addition of new members.

One of the aims of the Network is to maintain a regular newsletter, updating colleagues on publications and events relating to minority groups and human rights, as well as disseminating the work of the network across the UK and internationally. The newsletter is co-edited by Dr Tawhida Ahmed, School of Law, University of Reading and Dr. Gaetano Pentassuglia, Law School, University of Liverpool.

Read the newsletter of the UK network on Minority Groups and Human Rights.

Read a recent report, an outcome of a 27 March workshop on Current Research Directions in Minority Rights. The second workshop took place on 12 June 2013 at the University of Reading.

This development was an expected outcome of the HRC co-funded conference in Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in November 2010

Any further information, please contact the HRC representative Dr Corinne Lennox from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.


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