The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University was founded in 1985 as the first academic human rights institute in Finland. The Institute has 23 staff members and affiliated researchers and is located within the cluster of legal subjects. Its mission is to conduct academic human rights research of high societal relevance and to offer research-based education in cooperation with national and international partners. The Institute offers a two-year Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law as well as short courses for human rights professionals. In addition, the Institute coordinates since 2014 the Doctoral Network on Realizing Human Rights. Previously, it has coordinated the Finnish Graduate School in Human Rights Research (2002-2013) and the Nordic School in Human Rights Research (2004-2011). Other networks of the Institute include, e.g., the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) network, the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).
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