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The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC)

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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.

Chandra Sriram

We are sorry to say goodbye to Professor Chandra Sriram, whose unexpected death at a young age is a great loss to us all. 


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



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, policy-makers, 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. Recently completed projects include work on the human rights and the rule of law in West Africa, participation in a 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.

Contact us

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

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