The Time of Human Rights Network aims to analyse the role of human rights in contemporary societies from a global perspective, identifying the challenges and suggesting solutions that strengthen and expand the rule of law.
The comprehensive analysis of human rights proposed by the Network is directed to achieving practical outcomes. The purpose is to fill a traditional gap in work on human rights: being primarily centred in either theory or practice.
Accordingly, departing from a theoretical study, the analysis offers measures to shape public policy, design institutions and human rights agents’ course of action; it proposes responses to the great human rights challenges in the 21st century and establishes teaching and socialisation of human rights to raise social awareness of their value.
With respect to the above, the following specific objectives can be highlighted:
- Promote quality research on human rights.
- Monitor European and national regulations on human rights and elaborate public policy proposals from a human rights perspective.
- Study, analyse, exchange and create methodological proposals and didactic resources related to education in human rights at all levels.
- Create a space for exchange as well as communication channels between the academic world and social agents.
- Promote and strengthen the social awareness of human rights; encouraging citizens to be aware of their rights and demanding of them.
The main activities carried out by the Network are as follow:
- Conduct research projects on contemporary human rights challenges.
- Organise scientific meetings.
- Strengthen publications.
- Enhancement of human rights postgraduate courses and training programmes.
- Design of new human rights teaching methods, with particular focus on clinical methods.
- Elaboration of proposals for the design of public policy.
The Time of Human Rights Network is formed by the 12 teams in the project entitled Consolider Ingenio 2010 “Time of Human Rights” and includes another 3 groups from a number of inter-university institutions and centres, which are a reference point in education, research and dissemination of human rights on the national and international scene.
1.Carlos III University of Madrid, Bartolomé de las Casas Institute of Human Rights.
2.The University of Deusto, Padre Arrupe Institute of Human Rights
3.University of Valencia, Institute of Human Rights.
4.Institute of Human Rights of Catalonia.
5.University of Valladolid, Human Rights Observatory
6.University of Jaén, Gregorio Peces-Barba Observatory.
7.Jaume I University, Human Rights Effectiveness Research Centre
8. “Information society and human rights” Laboratory, University of Vigo.
9.University of Zaragoza, Social rights implementation and effectiveness laboratory.
10.University of la Rioja, Socio-Legal Research Observatory of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
11.University of Seville, “IT, Logic and Law” Research Team.
12.University of Cadiz, “Comparative Constitutional Law” Research Team.
13.University of Cantabria, Philosophy of Law Team.
14.Rovira I Virgili University of Tarragona, Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy Team, Department of Public Law.
15. University of Alcalá, Legal Clinic of the Law Faculty.
The project is focused on ten areas related to the contemporary human rights challenges:
- Rights in the context of ethics, politics and law
- Organisation and international justice
- Democracy, governance and participation
- Implementation and effectiveness of human rights
- Science and technology
- Economic, social and cultural rights
- Development and environment
- Vulnerable groups
- Freedom and security
The Network is structured in different platforms- Education, Research and Dissemination- designed for the specific research areas mentioned above. A number of activities make up the different platforms:
The Research Platform seeks to develop the main study areas of the research programme: the key contemporary human rights challenges. The following activities are included: Publishing The Age of Human Rights Journal, Time of Human Rights Papers, preparation of “The Time of Rights” reports, which have a practical focus, “The Time of Rights” scientific meetings (on the thematic areas of network participants and other researchers).
The Educational Platform transfers the research results to the field of education, both postgraduate studies and courses for workers and professionals from the field of rights. The platform has three main activities: web-based postgraduate courses, directed to groups, professionals and legal clinics.
Finally, the Dissemination Platform ensures the adequate transfer of activities and their outcomes, and helps them reach institutions-companies-society. The platform has three main activities: creation of a webpage and social network accounts, holding a yearly conference “The Time of Rights” (Zaragoza 2015, Cádiz 2016) and publishing HURI AGE, a webpage with the titles of papers done by the Network, some of which are accessible online organized by thematic areas.
The academic nature of the Network and the excellence of its teams make HURI AGE an ideal tool for postgraduate education in human rights. It comes as no surprise that the main Spanish PhD and Master's programmes are integrated in the Network.
The researchers and centres in the Network conduct a significant research in the field of human rights, which is reflected in research journals, books and monographic series.
Some of this research is published in The Age of Human Rights Journal and the “The Time of Rights” Papers, jointly with works by other researchers.
- Master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Human Rights, Carlos III University of Madrid.
- Ph.D. Programme in Advanced Studies in Human Rights, Carlos III University of Madrid.
- Master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice, University of Valencia.
- Ph.D. Programme in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice, University of Valencia.
- Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy & Practice, University of Deusto.
- PhD programme in Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges, University of Deusto.
- Annual Human Rights Course, Institute of Human Rights, University of Catalonia
The aim of many social change initiatives is a fairer society where the effectiveness of human rights can become a reality. Beyond the fundamentals and aim of these initiatives, human rights serve as a roadmap for a multi-layered and multi-sectoral course of action. There is no law or public and private action which does not impact the rights and dignity of the individual.
During the course, the current situation of certain rights will be analysed and mechanisms to protect them will be studied. Groups and people who work to avoid their infringement will share their experiences, alternatives or new insight into human rights for a real social transformation
- Training programme for Indigenous Leaders of Latin-America, University of Deusto.
The training programme in human rights directed to indigenous peoples has been running since the year 2000. It is a result of collaboration between the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights at the University of Deusto. It supported by the Directorate of Development Cooperation, Basque Government Department of Housing and Social Affairs