CHREN’s research encompasses three areas:

Human Rights Hand  Fundamental Research


CHREN is dedicated to fundamental and yet topical questions of the theory and practice of human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. This includes the recognition of human dignity as the basis of all human rights, the claim of universalism, the principle of non-discrimination as well as freedom of religion and belief.

Another thematic focus lies on the (extra-)territorial reach of human rights. This encompasses research centring around the question of whether human rights duties of states are applicable outside their borders as well. Questions of (extra-)territoriality are also relevant in the context of the human rights of migrants and refugees, which is another focus area at the Centre. Based on their research, members of CHREN also make suggestions for the regional, national EU-wide and international development of human rights based migration policies.

Further research encompasses topics such as gender equality, sexual orientation and gender identity, the relationship between human rights and education, human rights and medicine, the impact and limits of international criminal law as a means of protecting human rights, as well as the human rights in the context of transitional justice.


Human Rights Hand Practice-Oriented Research in Regional Contexts


CHREN researches and formulates human rights based demands for law and politics in Bavaria. It cooperates with the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg as well as with state institutions and international organisations present in the region, such as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, UNHCR and IOM. It links academic human rights analyses with political leaders and NGOs and thus supports practice-oriented research of human rights issues on the ground. In this context, CHREN also cooperates with the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre (NMRZ) and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (IANP).


Human Rights Hand Innovative Advancement of International Human Rights Protection


The members of CHREN investigate pertinent human rights questions of the future. These include, for example, the rights of refugees and the sustainability of the Geneva Convention as well as the Common European Asylum System, the rights of migrants within international law, the rights of elder people and of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI*), the impact of human rights on transnational business law, issues of human rights and bioethics, as well as – in cooperation with the International Criminal Law Research Unit – the improved enforcement of human rights in armed conflicts.