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Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice

Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice

The Forum is a multi-disciplinary group based within the Newcastle Law School.

Members come from, among others, Law, Arts & Culture, History, Business, Geography and Politics. But we also have members from Northumbria University.

Vital research network

The Forum's a vital research network. It brings together different disciplines and universities in the region. It offers varied expertise and diverse knowledge on human rights and social justice. The Forum provides a platform for intellectual dialogue, through:

  • publications
  • seminars
  • conferences
  • projects
  • engagement

We look at issues of local, national and international significance.

A human rights message in some hands.

Engagement and impact

The Forum engages with various stakeholders on contemporary societal challenges, such as:

  • scholars
  • policymakers
  • non-governmental organisations
  • civic society

The Forum is currently co-led by Dr Conall Mallory and Dr Jacqui Kinghan.

A yellow vest protest on economic rights in France.

Our aims

The Forum aims to foster debate within and beyond Newcastle University. We look at concepts of human rights and their place within conceptions of social justice. We examine human rights as a foundation of wider inter-disciplinary social justice research.

We engage with contemporary discussions on the:

  • nature of human rights
  • challenges faced by the human rights movement
  • concept’s history and development

We aim to produce outputs that:

  • raise awareness of relevant issues
  • alter attitudes of public officials
  • shape debate
  • issue in legal change

In our work, we collaborate with:

  • practitioners
  • non-governmental organisations
  • international organisations
  • government agencies

The work of the Forum advances understanding of human rights and social justice. That's both within and beyond the United Kingdom.

We contribute to training and knowledge exchange within this important field. The Forum is a member of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI).

Achieving our aims

We achieve these aims in various ways:

  1. Through events such as seminars and lectures with prominent speakers on specific issues. These reflect the teaching and research interests of each member of the Forum. We help with dissemination of knowledge of latest developments on human rights.
  2. Through production of high quality teaching and research, reflecting interests of our members. We support critical thinking, academic initiative and freedom of thought.
  3. Through the formulation of common teaching and research ideas. We intend to flesh these out with the support of external funding. We organise events which will assist in achieving our aims.

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