Working Papers

The Working Papers series aims to make research related to human rights defenders accessible to the public and to promote further research that is relevant to human rights defenders.

The papers in this series: present recent research findings; highlight under-explored issues; and / or set out theoretical or methodological approaches for research related to human rights defenders.

We aim to have at least 4-6 papers each calendar year, released every 2-3 months.

If you are interested in contributing to the Working Papers series please contact the series editor, Alice Nah.

exploring the term 'human rights defender' through the lens of professionalisation in human rights practice: a case-study of russia

The concept of the ‘human rights defender’ (HRD) is central in initiatives to protect those who face risk as a result of their peaceful actions to defend human rights. However, protection organisations, donors, beneficiaries, researchers and HRDs themselves may often lack clarity in their understanding of this broad term when it comes to establishing HRD status in practice. Aiming to advance the understanding of the term ‘HRD’, this working paper discusses the criterion of professionalisation within human rights practice.

integrating a psychosocial perspective into human rights and protection practices: a case study of peace brigades international (pbi) mexico

Recently there has been increasing interest in the psychosocial aspects of the work of human rights defenders in repressive contexts. This working paper presents some of the findings of a case study on the benefits of integrating
a psychosocial perspective in human rights and protection work

Protecting Human Rights, Humanitarian and Development Actors

Humanitarian, development and human rights actors are facing increasing risks as a result of their work. Yet, when it comes to protection, these actors have tended to work in separate silos. This paper explores the different approaches to protection taken by human rights, development and humanitarian actors, exploring whether there are lessons to be learnt from adjacent fields.

The paper sets out a number of ways humanitarian and development actors could benefit from the approaches to protection developed by the human rights community, and vice versa.