Center for International Human Rights

Center for International Human Rights


        APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS AT THE CENTER                                                            

The Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) is seeking qualified applicants to work as research assistants at the Center for the 2023-2024 academic year. To be considered for the position, applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5. 
Those interested should submit the following:
1. Cover letter indicating their interest in working at the Center and the reasons for doing so;
2. Copy of their CV;
2. Copy of their transcript (unofficial will do). The transcript should include the grades from Spring 2023;
3. Copy of a research paper; and 
4. Names of two academic references and their email addresses.
All this material should be submitted to Martina Bizzotti ( by Friday, June 16, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Please bear in mind that candidates should be available for interviews during the second and third week in July (interviews will be conducted via Zoom).
                                           CIHR Theme for 2022-2023                                                       

Human Dignity in the Security Sector: Challenges and Prospects

The term Security Sector refers to all institutions and structures whose mission is to protect society from crime, disorder and other forms of violence. It includes law enforcement agencies, intelligence services, and the armed forces, as well as their civilian staff, training establishments and logistical services.

Security Sector institutions bear the responsibility to protect and defend their nations’ populations. While performing their tasks of enforcing laws and regulations, these agencies are expected to be held accountable to their chain of command, as well as to the people whom they are supposed to serve. Respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law constitutes a key component in the effort to ensure that the security sector is responsive to public needs and provides security as a public good. When security sector institutions perform poorly, societal trust erodes with adverse repercussions for the well-being of societies and their populations.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Center for International Human Rights will critically examine some of the main challenges facing the security sector, challenges associated with governance, transparency and conduct-related issues that undermine the quest for human dignity and weaken the prospect for inclusive social orders. Here are some of the focal issues and questions that our activities will seek to address:

  • With the growing convergence between law enforcement and military operations, what is/are the applicable normative and legal framework(s) and how should tensions between human rights law and humanitarian law be addressed?
  • What are the main challenges in advancing effective training in human rights and humanitarian norms in the security sector? How can these be addressed?
  • What are the main obstacles in advancing accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations? How can these be addressed?
  • What are some of the best practices in addressing sexual and gender-based violence?
  • What can governments learn from international institutions in advancing security sector reform?