Activities of the International and Human Rights Research Unit

Projects and initiatives

The Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE).

The GNHRE was recently described by Louis Kotze (NWU, South Africa) (GNHRE Deputy Director) as "the largest network of human rights and environmental law scholars in the world". The network, established in 2010 by its current Director, Anna Grear (Cardiff University and an external member of ILHRU) brings together some of the most senior and exciting thinkers in the field to work on re-imagining the relationship between human beings and the environment.

The GNHRE hosts the largest online research repository in the world dedicated to human rights and the environment. The GNHRE facilitates a range of high quality events and publications (including the 2012 Onati International Seminar, held in Spain and the 2013 GNHRE Symposium at the University for Peace, Costa Rica). The project is directly linked to the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment.

Here at UWE Bristol, the GNHRE core team is represented by Evadne Grant (also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment); Onita Das (GNHRE Research Officer); Tim Blackman (GNHRE Technical Manager) and Svetlana Cicmil (GNHRE Core Team member).


The International Law and Human Rights Unit aims to disseminate information relating to the protection of human rights in Europe which are of particular relevance for the United Kingdom. The Euro Rights blog, Twitter account and Facebook page are managed by Richard Edwards (University of Exeter) and Noëlle Quénivet.


Clearing the Fog of Law: Impact of International Human Rights Law on the British Armed Forces - Noëlle Quénivet and Aurel Sari (University of Exeter) have been awarded a small grant from the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust for the project Clearing the Fog of Law which aims to develop a better understanding of the challenges posed by international human rights law and its real and perceived impact on military operations.

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