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External relations

Expressing its vocation to make a social impact, the Institute is in contact with different types of academic institutions, public bodies on the international, national or local level and social, non-governmental organisations, foundations and associations

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The Institute has set up collaboration agreements with international organisations. Some of the most outstanding include United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (Geneva, Switzerland), and the Inter-Amercian Institute of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica).

The Institute’s relations with institutions in the Basque Country are based on collaboration agreements with several public entities at the regional and provincial levels. The Institute works with different Basque Government and Regional Council offices which are competent in the field of human rights and cooperation development. It also works with the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Its participation in international academic networks is also noteworthy. Two such networks are closely related to the organisation of joint European Masters' degree programmes: NOHA Network and E.MA Network. The Institute team also forms part of two leading networks whose excellence has been recognised by the European Commission. HumanitarianNet, centred on several humanitarian issues and IMISCOE, focusing on immigration and diversity. Lastly, the Institute is a member of the network formed to develop the Consolider-Ingenio 2010, programme entitled “The Time of Rights", together with Spain’s most active universities in the field of human rights.

The Institute also works with a number of social agents, mainly NGOs and similar organisations. Many of them are development cooperation organisations that mainly collaborate on the Master's degree in Humanitarian Action. Leading organisations such as the following form part of this group: CICR, Médicos sin Fronteras, Intermón-Oxfam, Prodessa, Doctors Without Borders, Mundubat, MPDL, CEAR, Acción contra el Hambre, Entreculturas, UNICEF-Comité País Vasco, Círculo Solidario, Sodepaz, Mugarik Gabe, Cruz Roja and Alboan.

The Institute has privileged relations with social organisations in our area such as Hegoa, the Gernika Gogoratuz Foundeation, UNESCO Etxea (Biscay), the Ceimigra Foundation (Valencia), the Centre for Peace Research , the Fride Foundation (Madrid), the IPES Foundation(Pamplona) and indigenous people’s organisations Almaciga and Iwgia. It has also held joint activities on various human rights issues with other social organisations such the Association Friends of the Sahawari People , Amnesty International, Bilbo Etxezabal, Hizkuntz Eskubideen Behatokia, Aldarte, Gesto por la Paz, etc.

Lastly, the Institute is a member of Oneworld, a leading online portal for international cooperation and humanitarian aid. 

HURI AGE The Time of Rights

The Time of Rights Network intends to analyse the role of human rights in contemporary society from a comprehensive approach, identifying the challenges and proposing pathways to solutions that will lead to a stronger broader rule of law.


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The comprehensive analysis of human rights proposed by the Network specifically focuses on obtaining practical results. This approach intends to fill one of the customary gaps found in human rights field work, which has been specifically centred on theoretical reflection or solely focused on practice.

In this regard, we coordinate measures based on theoretical studies for public policy-making, design of institutions and actions of operators related to human rights; proposals to meet the major challenges to human rights currently being raised or which may appear in the twenty first century. We also work to establish socialisation and rights-teaching channels oriented to boosting social awareness of the value of human rights.

Based on the above, the most specific objectives are:

  • Promote high quality research on human rights.
  • Monitor national and European regulations on human rights and prepare public policy proposals from the rights perspective.
  • Study, analyse, exchange and create methodological proposals and teaching resources related to human rights education at every level.
  • Create opportunities for exchange and communication channels between the academic and social spheres.
  • Promote and boost rights-based social awareness; creating true and discerning consciousness of their rights among citizens.


The general activities carried out by the network are:

  • Research projects on contemporary rights-related challenges.
  • Organisation of scientific meetings.
  • Strengthen publication on this subject.
  • Support postgraduate and training programmes on human rights.
  • Design new training techniques for human rights, with particular emphasis on clinical procedures.
  • Present proposals for public policy design.


The Time of Rights Network is formed by the 12 research teams from the 2010 Consolier-Ingenio project: "The Time of Rights" and another three groups which are from three inter-university centres and institutions and are true benchmarking teams in research, training and dissemination of human rights in Spain and abroad.
1.Bartolomé de las Casas Institute of Human Rights, Carlos III University, Madrid.
2.Padre Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto
3.Institut de Drets Humans, Universitat de València.
4.Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya.
5.University of Valladolid Human Rights Observatory
6.Peces-Barba Observatory, University of Jaén.
7.Human Rights Effectiveness Research Centre, Universitat Jaume I.
8.“Information Society and human rights” Laboratory, University of Vigo
9.Laboratory of implementation and effectiveness of social rights, University of Zaragoza
10.Observatory on Socio-legal research and Fundamental Freedoms, University of La Rioja
11.Research group, “Information, Logic and Law”, University of Seville
12.Research group “Comparison in Constitutional Law”, University of Cádiz.
13.Philosophy of Law Group, University of Cantabria.
14.Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy, Public Law Department, Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona.
15.Legal Clinic, Law Faculty, University of Alcalá.

Research areas

The project includes ten research areas that correlate with the key contemporary human rights challenges:

  • Rights in the ethical, political and legal context
  • Organisation and International Justice
  • Democracy, Governance and Participation
  • Implementation and effectiveness of human rights
  • Multiculturalism
  • Science and Technology
  • Economic, social and cultural rights
  • Development and the Environment
  • Vulnerable Groups
  • Freedom and Security

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The Network is organised into different platforms- Research, Training and Dissemination- which are projected over the above-mentioned research areas. In turn, these platforms are formed by a series of actions.


The Research Platform’s main purpose is to develop the thematic areas that make up the research programme and are presented as the key challenges to rights at the present time. It includes actions such as publication of the journal The Age of Human Rights, The Time of Rights Papers, preparation of reports "The Time of Rights" (studies with a practical focus) and the organisation of scientific meetings “The Time of Rights” (with the participation of network and non-network researchers in their thematic fields).

The Training Platform transfers the results of the research programme to the field of training and education, at the postgraduate level as well as courses for operators and professionals from the field of rights. Three broad actions are outstanding on this platform: Postgraduate courses organised by the network. Courses targeting groups, professionals and legal clinics.

Lastly, the Dissemination Platform's main purpose is to ensure proper communication of the actions and results obtained and promote their transfer to institutions-business-society. Three broad actions are outstanding on this platform: creation of a website and accounts on social media sites, organisation of a yearly The Time of Rights Congress (Zaragoza 2015, Cádiz 2016) and Publica-HURI-Age, a web space where the titles of works elaborated from the network are shown. They are grouped by areas and some can be accessed online.

The academic nature of the network and the excellence of the groups that form it make HURI-AGE an ideal instrument for postgraduate education in the field of human rights. It is therefore not surprising that the main Spanish Master’s and PhD degree programmes on human rights are set within the network.


Centres and researchers associated with the network do a great deal of research on human rights, most of which is shown in scientific journals, collections and monographs.
Some of these works are published in the journal, The Age of Human Rights and in The Time of Rights Papers where articles, etc. by other researchers are also included.

Postgraduate programmes

  • Master’s degree in Advanced Human Rights Studies, University of Carlos III, Madrid
  • PhD degree in Advanced Human Rights Studies, University of Carlos III, Madrid
  • Master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice, Universitat de València.
  • PhD degree in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice, Universitat de València.
  • Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy & Practice, University of Deusto.
  • PhD programme in Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges, University of Deusto.


  • Yearly Human Rights Course, Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya.
    A fairer society where real effective fulfilment of human rights is the objective of numerous social transformation actions. Beyond the fundamentals and objective of these endeavours, human rights are also guidelines for multiple level and sector actions because they affect every important aspect of people's lives. There is no law, public or private action that does not affect people's rights and dignity. The current situation of certain rights will be analysed and the mechanisms for their protection will be studied in this course. Experiences of groups and individuals who work to prevent violation of these rights will be shared: alternatives or new views on human rights for a true social transformation.
  • Programme for Indigenous Leaders in Latin America, University of Deusto.
    The Human Rights Programme for Indigenous Peoples has been held since 2000. It is the result of collaboration between the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto. It is supported by the Basque Government Directorate of Cooperation Development and the Department of Housing and Social Affairs.

Further information

NOHA Network

NOHA is an international association of universities which aims to improve the professional level in the humanitarian sector by fostering humanitarian values through accredited higher education programmes (Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action, as well as shorter courses), and by promoting a spirit of innovative humanitarian research in policy and humanitarian practices.

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E.MA Network

The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute is one of the centres that pushed for the creation of a university institution network in 1997. The main objective was to offer a European Master's in Human Rights and Democratisation. (E.MA).

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The European Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC,, was founded in 2002 to foster in-depth teaching and research in the field of human rights. With its main office located in Venice, it is sponsored by the European Union, the UN Higher Commissioners Office for Human Rights and UNESCO. 

41 European universities are currently participating in the network, which also has contacts in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


"International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe" is a network of excellence recognised as such by the European Commission within its 6th Research Framework Programme.

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A total of 300 European researchers take part in IMISCOE. Their work centres on thematic fields linked to immigration and social cohesion. 20 academic entities from 14 different European countries also participate. The network is organised into 9 clusters or reflection groups, each of which centres its research on a specific scope related to immigration (citizenship policies, gender and equality, cultural diversity, education, social inclusion, etc.).

In addition to the Human Rights Institute, other University of Deusto researchers are also members of this network of excellence.


HumanitarianNet was created to analyse the underlying causes of humanitarian crises and formulate effective strategies for rehabilitation and development via educational programmes. The philosophy underpinning this endeavour is based on the importance of continuing and strengthening support for a university network, specialist research centres, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations and professionals in the field of humanitarian development studies.

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The INTEGRIM programme trains researchers and aims to provide structure for the existing research capacity in the field of migration and integration policies and processes in the European Union and neighbouring countries.

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Project title:


Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies (INTEGRIM)


European Commission - Marie Curie Action (Ref. 316796)

Principal investigator

Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez, PhD, Director of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute.

Partner universities:

  • University of Deusto (project coordinator)
  • University of Lieges (Belgium)
  • University of Sussex (United Kingdom)
  • University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
  • University of Koç (Turkey)
  • Central European University (Hungary)
  • University of Poitiers (France)


The INTEGRIM programme focuses on research training and aims to structure the existing research capacity on migration and integration policies and processes in the European Union and its neighbouring countries. Eight academic and six associated non-academic institutions take part in the INTEGRIM programme. They focus on making innovative contributions to academic knowledge on the concept of integration as a key factor for the future cohesion of European societies.
The programme assumes a multidisciplinary and cross-sectional approach. It covers the four following research dimensions in sectoral thematic areas related to integration policy and processes.

  • Identity and cultural integration
  • Citizenship and political participation
  • Work and social integration
  • Urban integration, residential and mobility patterns

General aims

The aim of INTEGRIM is to improve academic research capacity, promote research on relevant policy for public policies, the processes related to migration and immigrant integration and diversity management while facilitating the use of said research in governmental and non-governmental organisations.


FRAME, a four-year multidisciplinary project, is formed by a consortium of 19 internationally recognised human rights institutes that are globally connected throughout Europe and strategic world regions. Through its four research groups, FRAME provides creative solutions to improve the coherence and effectiveness of European human rights policy.

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  • Group 1: Factors. This group studies the key factors that facilitate or hinder human rights protection, human rights concepts, democracy, the role of Law and global, regional or national human rights protection institutions and instruments.
  • Group 2: Actors. This group focuses on European human rights commitments to the United Nations, regional multilateral organisations, regional and strategic organisations with third counties and non-state actors, in addition to the relationship between European Union institutions and the member states.
  • Group 3: Policies. It focuses on promoting European human rights policy on development, trade, human rights violations in conflicts, freedom, security and justice and external action in human rights and democratisation.
  • Group 4: Tools. This group develops policy indicators, tools and proposals, including comparative studies of policies to monitor and improve the effectiveness of European human rights policy.

FRAME's vital influence on human rights research in education and policy innovation will continue far beyond the duration of the project itself.

General aims

Through FRAME, over 100 outstanding researchers and professionals intend to provide the key elements for coherent human rights policy consisting of:

1. A deep knowledge base, which takes into account the factors, concepts, institutions and instruments that underpin human rights protection;
2. Evaluation of the European Union's full potential to contribute to global human rights governance through its relationship with numerous actors and their diverse policies,
3. A set of policy indicators, tools and proposals geared to better implementation of human rights in policy-making.