CHREN's research covers three areas:
CHREN is committed to studying current fundamental issues in theory and practice in the field of human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. These include the recognition of human dignity as the starting point for considering human rights, the demand for universalism, and the indivisibility of human rights, the principle of non-discrimination, and freedom of religion and belief.
One of the key areas of CHREN's work is the territorial and extraterritorial scope of human rights, specifically whether the principle of human rights imposes human rights obligations on states outside the scope of their jurisdiction.
The human rights of migrants and refugees are a further research priority that helps to promote the development of human rights-based rights for migrants and refugees, as well as regional, national, EU and international migration and refugee policy.
Other areas of CHREN's research include gender equality and sexual self-determination as human rights, the relationship between human rights and education, human rights and medicine, the significance and limitations of international criminal law with regard to human rights protection, and the position of human rights in the context of transitional justice.
Practical research in regional contexts
CHREN analyses the human rights requirements of Bavarian and cooperates with the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg, as well as regional representatives of government bodies and international organisations – such as BAMF, UNHCR and IOM – on this topic. It connects human rights researchers with political decision-makers and non-governmental organisations, promoting practical research into human rights issues in the local area and collaborating with the Nuremberg Human Rights Center (NMRZ) and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (IANP).
Innovative development of international human rights protection
CHREN investigates human rights issues that will play an increasingly significant role in the future. These include the rights of refugees and the sustainability of the Geneva Convention on Refugees and the Common European Asylum System; the rights of migrants in international law; the rights of older persons and of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; the significance of human rights for transnational economic law; issues that concern human rights and bioethics or medical ethics; and – in collaboration with FAU's International Criminal Law Research Unit – improving the implementation of human rights in armed conflicts.