HUman Rights – MUtually Raising excellence (HURMUR)

From 2016 to 2018, the Walther Schücking Institute was involved in a three-year-project, funded by the European Union, entitled “HUman Rights – MUtually Raising excellence” (HURMUR). In cooperation with the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Law School of Tallinn University, Estonia, the project aimed at raising research excellence in the field of human rights with a special focus on developing institutional structures in Tallinn.

Besides its general commitment to the project, the Walther Schücking Institute focused, in particular, on two aspects. The first was the establishment and regular publication of a new regional peer-reviewed academic journal, entitled the “East European Yearbook on Human Rights” and based primarily at the Law School in Tallinn. Given its long-standing publication of the German Yearbook for International Law, the Walther Schücking Institute was able to draw on its vast experience to guide the development of this project.

The second main focus lay on a sub-project entitled “New Human Rights for the 21st Century”. Such rights are highly diverse and range from reproductive rights and the right to gender identity to rights related to developing technology like the right to internet access or the so-called right to be forgotten on the internet. Their origins, function and rhetoric were the subject of workshops and conferences, held in Kiel and in Tallinn, with the participation of leading experts from all over the world. The results of these events were be brought together in an edited volume: The Cambridge Handbook on New Human Rights (Cambridge University Press).

Further information may be found on the project's website.

The project ended on December 31st, 2018.

Participating researchers at the Walther Schücking Institute: