About us

The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC) is an interdisciplinary centre that carries out academic and policy-orientated research in situations of military, political, cultural, social, economic conflict and in transition from authoritarian regimes. Our work addresses the complex and dynamic relationships between human rights and conflict, including:

  • Human rights violations as causes and consequences of conflict
  • Human rights claims as sources of conflict
  • Dilemmas of accountability in post-conflict situations
  • Human rights as a framework for resolving conflicts and building post-authoritarian societies.

The CHRC focuses on the interplay between international law and international politics and the legal, political and cultural contests about human rights. It offers PhD candidates the opportunity to develop such themes within the centre. The CHRC has experience of delivering human rights education and consultancies in a variety of settings. Our members are also available for media interviews on contemporary issues of international law, conflict resolution or human rights.  

CHRC members have extensive experience of working in conflict zones and societies in transition from violent conflicts, colonialism and authoritarian regimes. They combine specialisms in transitional justice and reconciliation, the rule of law in peacebuilding, Islamic law and human rights, socio-economic rights, minority rights and diversity management.

The CHRC brings together academics, policymakers, human rights experts and advocates, and civil society actors to engage in constructive dialogue and to forge new partnerships.

The CHRC is known nationally and internationally for its original, collaborative and cross-cutting research projects and publications. Completed projects include work on the human rights and the rule of law in West Africa, participation in an EU framework VII funded comparative project in the search for a durable peace in a variety of conflicts, the examination of the role of civil parties in the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts of Cambodia, an investigation of the role of international criminal law in the courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a project assessing state-building in Palestine.

The CHRC has also provided human rights education and training in a variety of settings including for the Youthopia project in Cyprus (2014, 2015), UN Habitat, for UN Official in Nairobi (2017), the World Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur (2018), the World Bank (2018) and has contributed approaches to Human rights education to the UN Commission on Human Rights (2020) and the UN-Habitat Assembly (2020).

The CHRC was founded in 2006 by Chandra Sriram.


CHRC staff and members teach on LLM degrees on international law, human rights, and international criminal law, such as the following courses:


We will be launching a regular podcast series covering areas of human rights in conflict in many different contexts. There will be interviews with scholars and practitioners and talks on current developments.

Recent seminars

Fall 2020 Seminars

November 18 2020

Debating the Legal Status of the West Bank: Occupied Palestine or Disputed Territories? (internal link)
In the last few months, Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank have been put on hold with the recognition of Israel by the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. However, the Trump Plan envisages annexation of a third of the territory as part of a deal to create a small Palestinian State. Two legal specialists on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will debate the legal status of the territory and the implications this has for a resolution of the conflict. 
The presentation will be led by Natasha Hausdorff, a Barrister at Six Pump Court Chambers and a Director of the NGO 'UK Lawyers for Israel' and Professor John Strawson, co-director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict.

Contact us

Please direct any queries to the Co-Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict.

Professor John Strawson
Co-director, Centre on Human Rights in Conflict 
University of East London
University Square
London E15 1NF
+44 20 8223 2189