Postal address: P O Box 1155, SE-221 05 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Stora Gråbrödersgatan 17 B
Fax: +46 46 222 12 22
Web page: http://www.rwi.lu.se/
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is an academic institution formed in 1984 at the Faculty of Law at Lund University. The purpose of the Institute is to promote research, training and academic education in the fields of human rights and humanitarian law. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is
named after Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, in order to pay homage to his well-known work in Hungary towards the end of the Second World War. Since February 2006, Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, is Chairman of the RWI’s board.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Law, RWI offers a Master’s Programme in International Human Rights Law. The programme has three specialisations in the areas of: International Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Rights and International Labour Rights.
The specialisation in International Human Rights Law, offers the students a wide and thorough insight into the intricate system for the international protection of human rights and the preconditions under which it functions at international and national levels.
The specialisation in Intellectual Property Rights, offered in cooperation with the WIPO, World-wide Academy in Geneva, includes theoretical as well as practical approaches to the complex system of the law on copyright and the law on industrial property rights within the field of international human rights, and the special problems that can arise, and do arise, in the national and international community with regards to this legislation.
The specialisation in Labour Rights, offered in cooperation with the International Labour Organiation, ILO in Geneva, entails practical and theoretical knowledge about the conditions of workers and employers and the approaches taken by international Labour Rights lawyers and the international organisations, mainly the ILO, to deal with atrocities and violations of human dignity and rights related to work. In focus are not only the bases of Labour Rights but also the research and development regarding these rights and the specific surrounding in which they operate, as well as the original process of law making that is unique for the International Labour Rights system.
More information about the Masters programme.
Research connected to South Asia
RWI runs a number of development cooperation projects focusing on on human rights activities with partners in Asia. More information. The partner countries include China, Mongolia, Laos, Indonesia and some other nations, but currently no country in South Asia. However, a few individual researchers from India have been assigned to RWI during recent years.
In 2002 Rahmatullah Khan, Professor of International Law (retired) from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) worked at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute as a Visiting Professor. He did some teaching, but concentrated mainly on research. His preoccupations in this regard were Globalisation and Humanitarian law issues, but he was also engaged in research on the anti-terrorism legislation of India and Pakistan.
Prof. Khan, with 45 years of teaching and research experience at JNU’s International Legal Studies Division – also holding the Jawaharlal Nehru Chair for International Environmental Law, and being the Rector of JNU, is now the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of International Law (IJIL).
During the Spring 2005 RWI had a new Visiting Professor from India. Dr. Manoj Kumar Sinha (photo to the right), on leave from the Indian Society of International Law, is working in the field of human rights, international humanitarian and refugee laws. At RWI he was involved in both teaching and research work. Dr. Sinha (photo to the right) completed his Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and then undertook an internship with the National Human Rights Commission of India. He has worked as Assistant Professor (Research) and Course Coordinator for PG Diploma in Human Rights, International Humanitarian and Refugee Laws at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.
During his tenure in Lund he wrote a paper on the ”Role of the National Human Rights Commission of India”. Read the paper (as a pdf-file).
On Wednesday 25 May 2005 Sinha held a SASNET lecture on the same issue. The lecture was titled ”Protection of Human Rights in India through Courts and Human Rights Commission”. The lecture was arranged together with the Development Studies Seminar at the Dept. of Sociology and the Dept. of Sociology of Law. More information(as a pdf-file). Dr. Sinha returned to India in the end of June 2005, and in May 2006 he was appointed Director of the Indian Society of International Law.
Dr. Sinha published an article on ”Hinduism and international humanitarian law” in the International Review of the Red Cross, No. 858 (June 2005). Read the article (as a pdf-file).
In early 2006 Dr Srinha published a new book on ”Enforcement of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: International and National Perspectives” (Manak Publications, New Delhi). The book explores the various international and instruments available for the enforcement of economic, rights. The book traces the relationship of the fundamental Directive Principles of State Policy in India. jurisprudence developed by the Indian judiciary social and cultural rights. It concludes that after the and political and economic, social, and cultural indivisible and interrelated. This book will be academicians, NGOs, students and lawyers as dealing with international law and human rights.
During 2007, he has authored an article titled, “Constitutional Developments and Protection of Human Rights” in the Indian Journal of International Law, vol. 45, no 4. Read the article (as a pdf-file), and another article on ”Human Rights and Good Governance” Read the article (as a pdf-file).
In 2009, Manoj Sinha became Professor of Law at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata.