The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford is delighted to announce its new partnership with Professor Chris Stone, Professor of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and Akwe Amosu and Cate Brown at the Fund for Global Human Rights. The partnership will establish and administer The Symposium on Strength and Solidarity for Human Rights

The Symposium is intended to support those who lead organisations and movements committed to the promotion and defence of human rights, and to build greater strength and resilience across the sector. 

The Bonavero Institute team will be responsible for conceiving and producing a variety of curricular materials to support and advance the Symposium, working closely with the Symposium’s Principal Moderator, Professor Chris Stone. The Fund for Global Human Rights will provide the base for the Symposium’s staff.

Over the next five years, the Symposium will bring human rights leaders together to share and learn from one another through discussion of cases  and review of past experience. Together participants will interrogate evolving perceptions of human rights, reflect on diverse forms of governance and organizational health and consider how best to entrench sustained solidarity among those defending and advancing rights.

The Bonavero Institute will soon be advertising a position for an exceptional candidate to work under the guidance of its Director, Professor Kate O’Regan and Professor Stone, on this programme which will involve conducting research in building resilience in human rights organisations globally.  The candidate will also assist in the development of curricula and course materials for the symposium as well as in developing innovative forms of communication for the Bonavero Institute relating to human rights.

“We are delighted by this new partnership for the Bonavero Institute. Given the current threats to human rights, the rule of law and democracy around the world, the establishment of this programme aimed at strengthening solidarity and resilience amongst civil society organisations promoting human rights, equality, freedom, the rule of law and democracy across the world could not be more timely.” Professor Kate O’Regan