Humanities & Social Sciences Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law

Students have been active in the work of the Centre.

Activities have included organising film screenings for International Women’s Day, inviting speakers on topics from human rights in the media to international crimes, volunteering at local civil society conferences, attending human rights careers events, conducting research for Law School staff, conducting research as part of university-wide collaborations on the right to water, participating in international research collaborations with students from Strathclyde’s renowned Law Clinic, and responding to consultation calls.

Each year, we coordinate the award of a Dissertation Prize for students on the LLM Human Rights Law. From 2020, this prize is generously sponsored by Scottish law firm Balfour+Manson.  

Balfour+Manson is a leading 23 partner, medium sized law firm based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, delivering legal services in the areas of dispute resolution, commercial and charities, and private client and property work. The Balfour+Manson team consists of leading practitioners with extensive expertise in a range of public law matters, including judicial review and human rights. We have experience of advising on a wide variety of novel, complex and high profile cases. 

They are regarded as one of the leading firms in Scotland in relation to public law, judicial review and human rights. Consistently, they are ranked highly by legal directories, the only law firm ranked Band 1 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Scotland by Chambers and Partners 2020. 

The expanding impact of human rights law on society is reflected in the breadth of our research interests

We have awarded seven prizes for the best LLM dissertations since launching the prize in 2014.

We collaborate with Strathclyde's award winning Law Clinic on Human Rights projects