Human Rights Research Grant

Dr Nazila Ghanea, University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, is Principal Investigator on a major two-year project examining the domestic effects of international human rights treaty ratification. Nazila is working with colleagues from UCL, Georgetown and Qatar University on the research. The project runs from November 2012 to October 2014.

The research examines domestic mechanisms of human rights treaty effects on the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council; the relationship between state-led and civil society-led human rights efforts; and the role that the United Nations institutions play.

The grant is for $670,000 and has been awarded by the National Priority Research Program of the Qatar Foundation. The grant is historical not only because it is the first grant that the Foundation has awarded in the field of human rights but also because this will be the first study considering the domestic impact of international human rights treaties on the member states of the Gulf region. The findings will constitute an important resource and policy-guiding document for a variety of stakeholders, including for the States themselves, national human rights institutions, NGOs in the region and the United Nations.

Published 4 February 2013