The rise of authoritarian and nationalist politics fuelled by economic, cultural and security concerns, are contributing to an increasingly difficult environment for human rights globally. Alongside this, the international human rights system is grappling with shifting geopolitical power, new actors in the governance space and emerging global threats.

Resource and political constraints also raise questions about the role of the International Criminal Court while practical challenges remain in strengthening accountability through national mechanisms for international crimes.

Issues we are currently exploring in our projects include human rights protections in trade agreements and the human rights implications of cyber tools used in elections.