The ESRC Human Rights Law Implementation Project (HRLIP)

‌‌‌‌‌Funded until October 2018

Aims and objectives

The ESRC funded Human Rights Implementation Project (HRLIP) is a collaborative project between four leading academic human rights Centres (Bristol, Essex, Middlesex and Pretoria) and the Open Society Justice Initiative. The aim of the project is to examine the factors which impact on human rights law implementation by nine states across Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic and Georgia), Africa (Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Zambia) and Americas (Colombia,  Canada, Guatemala), looking at (i) selected decisions deriving from individual complaints to UN treaty bodies; and (ii) selected judgements and decisions of the bodies in the three regional human rights systems.

The Project explores the utility and relevance of human rights law in the 21st century, an issue which is concern to state actors (governments, legislatures and judiciaries); civil society actors; human rights bodies; and victims (and potential) victims of human rights violations. It is hoped that the research will impact on the actual compliance by the states with selected decisions and thereby result in greater justice for individual victims.

Advisory Board Membership

The HRLIP Advisory Board comprises of national and international academics and practitioners. Board members have been chosen for their knowledge, skills and experience. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide advice, inform and support the Project. HRLIP Advisory Board Membership (Office document, 16kB)


HRLIP Presents findings at 116 Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Paola Limón, Senior Research Officer at the Human Rights Centre, School of Law, University of Essex attended the 166th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on Thursday 7 December 2017, as part of the research activities under the ESRC funded HRLIP. During the hearing, Paola presented some of the HRLIP’s preliminary findings in relation to implementation of decisions issued in individual communications in Canada. Paola explained that through the work of the HRLIP it has become ‘clear that the ineffective implementation of individual decisions in Canada is part of a broader problem, in relation to implementation of international human rights obligations’. Read more here HRLIP Americas 166 POS IACHR - HRC Blog (Office document, 199kB)


The video of the hearing is available here:


HRLIP participates in 60th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights

At the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, held in Niger between 8-22 May 2017, the HRIC (University of Bristol) and the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) made statements to the plenary during the consideration of the human rights situation in Africa.

These statements (available below) highlighted the research being undertaken by the HRLIP and stressed the significant challenges for the national implementation of the decisions of the African Commission on individual communications.


HRLIP- Statement- HRIC (Office document, 97kB)

HRLIP- Statement- Pretoria (Office document, 22kB)


Further information

Flyer_HRLIP_Sept2016.doc (Office document, 110kB)

If you have any further queries, please contact the HRLIP administrator:
Telephone: 0117 331 5218 

Project Team

Professor Rachel Murray (Principal Investigator)
HRIC Director

Debra Long (Bristol)
Research Fellow 

Suzanne Mills (Bristol)
Research Administrator

Partner Contact

Christian De Vos
(Open Society Justice Initiative)

Americas team

Dr Clara Sandoval (Essex)

Paola Limon (Essex)
Research Associate

Africa team

Professor Frans Viljoen (Pretoria)

Victor Ayeni (Pretoria)
Research Associate

Augustin Some (Pretoria)
Research Associate

Europe Team

Professor Philip Leach (Middlesex)

Dr Alice Donald (Middlesex)

Anne-Katrin Speck (Middlesex) 
Research Associate