As of today the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights will be trialling a new hot seat scheme for DPhil and MPhil students in human rights law and related subjects. Students seeking an alternative workspace, a hotspot for human rights discussion, or the lure of free coffee need look no further.

The Helena Kennedy Reading Room, which currently accommodates the Institute’s academic affiliates, research visitors, and student residents, will be opening its state of the art glass doors to graduate research students with an interest in human rights. Eight hot seats will be allocated daily on a first come first served basis between 8am and 6pm (available seats can be identified via the reading room floor plan). The day’s eight graduates will then have access to the Institute common room, kitchen, and coffee and tea therein.

More importantly, students will gain a unique opportunity to (peacefully) cohabit with leading academics and practitioners working in the field of human rights. Robust discussion is encouraged, though we do ask that noise within the reading room be kept at low level. Passionate debate may relocate to the common room adjacent.

No need to apply for admission to the Bonavero Institute human rights community: just show up and sign yourself in from 8am onwards. 

Please read the Reading Room Guidelines

The Helena Kennedy Reading Room