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Pressures that constitute systematic challenges for human rights: crises and emergencies, diversity, globalization

“Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics” – HR-UP is an international, interdisciplinary doctoral and post-doctoral study, research training group under the joint auspices of Freie Universität Berlin and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

HR-UP is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation as an International Research Training Group, and unites world-class researchers and supervisors in various disciplines relating to human rights at both universities and at our partner institutions.

The program title “Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics“ covers the comprehensive guiding research question of how contemporary challenges for human rights impede, promote or transform their definition and realisation. These challenges – or pressures – question traditional concepts, justifications, and modes of implementation of human rights. The lens of “Human Rights under Pressure” allows for a close examination and an analytical grasp of the theoretical and practical dimensions of specific challenges which human rights are faced with in the contemporary world.

This unique guiding research concept thus enables innovative research on contemporary problems for the understanding, justification and implementation of human rights under pressure. The notion of ‘pressure’ refers most generally to changing political, social, economic or environmental trends and constraints. Conceived in this way, the participating researchers have identified three primary categories of contemporary ‘pressures’ that constitute systemic and systematic challenges for human rights: first, crises and emergencies; second, the reality of diversity; and finally, an intensified global interaction.

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School