Since its establishment in 2009, the HRDP has developed links with a number of universities, faculties, and civil-society organizations across the globe.  These links developed based on a shared interest in developing collaborative research and teaching on human rights and drug policy. During these years, different types of partnerships—both formal and informal—have taken shape across four distinct themes: teaching, research, knowledge exchange, and institutional partnerships on human rights and drug policy.

The benefits of establishing broad partnerships across academic and civil society sectors is of an obvious advantage to the HRDP as it further strengthens our core mission to promote and disseminate research and teaching on human rights and drug policy.  Institutions and organizations likewise benefit from becoming part of a growing community of scholars and civil society members advancing a rights-based approach to drug policy rooted in cutting edge academic research and teaching. 

Below are some examples of how partnerships can take shape:

Teaching Partnerships

  • Host/co-host HRDP lecture events
  • Host short-course teaching modules
  • Seat members of the HRDP lecturer’s bureau

Since 2009, the HRDP has collaborated with and delivered lectures and seminars at the following universities: Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia; Beijing Normal University, China; Peking University, China; Guangxi University, Nanning Province, China; Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Law Faculty, Jakarta; Central European University Summer University, Budapest; University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research; Bristol Law School, UK; Birkbeck University, UK; Swansea University, UK; Queens University, Belfast, UK; Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Austria; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of West Indies; Graduate School of Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw; and the State University of Tbilisi, Georgia; Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School at Columbia University, United States; Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Universidad de los Andes (International Law Department), Bogota, Colombia; Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway; School of Law, University of Essex.  

Research Partnerships

  • Co-lead, support or participate in HRDP research projects
  • Contribute academic time towards HRDP research projects
  • Provide advisory services for research projects

Knowledge Exchange Partnerships 

  • Fund research by HRDP staff/affiliates necessary to advance objectives of  organization
  • Enlist advisory services of HRDP staff on an ad hoc, ongoing basis
  • Can be further formalized for contract based research projects.

Institutional Partnerships 

Since 2011, the HRDP entered into a formal institutional partnership with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex where the HRDP continues to make its home.  The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway provided an academic home for projects of the HRDP from 2009 to 2011. 

If you are interested in partnering with the HRDP, please contact us: