Methodological challenges in human rights research
Human rights research needs a more rigorous and coherent focus on methodological issues. The subject is complex and needs careful attention over a period of time.
Human rights research is not in itself an academic discipline but a field of research where different disciplines apply their own research questions, approaches and methodologies. While the legal discipline obviously has a long history of studying rights, social science has only recently overcome their human rights skepticism and delved into this field of inquiry.
In conducting research, there seems to be a certain degree of sloppiness in terms of awareness of methodological rigor in much of today’s human rights research. This project aims to address the problem by combining training courses for PhD students and academic workshops where papers on methodology are being discussed with a purpose of producing textbooks and other academic texts.