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.
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
- Science and Technology
- Economic, social and cultural rights
- Development and the Environment
- Vulnerable Groups
- Freedom and Security
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.
- 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.