Research Methods in Human Rights

A Handbook

Handbooks of Research Methods in Law series

Edited by Bård A. Andreassen, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway, Hans-Otto Sano, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark and Siobhán McInerney-Lankford, The World Bank, US

Methodological discussion has largely been neglected in human rights research, with legal scholars in particular tending to address research methods and methodological reflection implicitly rather than explicitly. This book advances thinking on human rights methodology, offering instruction and guidance on the methodological options for human rights research.

‘Research Methods in Human Rights presents a fascinating overview of the various disciplinary ways of approaching human rights. It has helped me to reassess and scrutinise my own predispositions and approaches towards legal research and will certainly be a useful companion for new and established researchers from all disciplines relevant to the field.’
– Robin Ramsahye, Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

‘The expert contributions represent critical and reflective assessments of how to research human rights. The volume discusses different disciplinary perspectives, including law, economics, history, political science and ethnography. In a global setting where major social challenges require multidisciplinary responses, the volume is especially welcome for the careful presentation and exploration of different disciplinary perspectives but also interdisciplinary methodology. The contributors offer helpful discussions of the nuances and complexities within each approach. An essential work for any reading list on human rights.’
– Rory O’Connell, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

‘This book contributes to bringing human rights research out of its infancy. Having matured over three decades, it is high time to raise the discussion on its methodology to a new level. With its roots in legal studies, human rights research today embraces a much wider range of disciplines. Offering a profound, interdisciplinary analysis, this book offers the reader a deepened understanding across many fields. It will soon be a classic in higher education and research institutions.’
– Morten Kjaerum, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden

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