Helena Kennedy Centre

The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice is a leading centre for social justice and human rights. It provides a vibrant environment at the cutting edge of legal and criminal justice practice which prepares students for excellence in their chosen professional career.

The centre is home to a range of social justice and human rights activities that include:

  • research and scholarship work
  • global engagement
  • impact on policy
  • professional training and advocacy

Its central values are those of widening access to justice and education, the promotion of human rights, ethics in legal practice, equality and a respect for human dignity in overcoming social injustice.

The law is the bedrock of a nation; it tells us who we are, what we value, who has power and who hasn't. Helena Kennedy QC

The Helena Kennedy Centre's scope of expertise covers:

  • human rights
  • criminology
  • law
  • policing
  • probation

The centre works on the high profile projects in a variety of human rights and social justice areas. Research and projects concern Modern Day Slavery, gender-based violence, hate crime and many more.

News

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Asian Women of Achievement Award

Dr Sunita Toor, Head of Human Rights and Social Justice, has been shortlisted in the Social and Humanitarian category in recognition of her work leading a project to improve access to justice for women and girl victims of violence in India.

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Sheffield Hallam named a University of Sanctuary

Sheffield Hallam University has been named a University of Sanctuary in recognition of its outstanding support for refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

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Professor Laura Murphy for BBC on forced labour of Uighurs

Professor Laura Murphy, an expert in human rights and contemporary slavery, spoke to the BBC about the forced labour of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.


Featured projects

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In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains

In Broad Daylight reveals how forced labour in the Uyghur region has ripple effects throughout international solar supply chains. 

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Understanding the impact of inspection on probation

This report outlines the findings from a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded study on the impact of inspection on probation, written by Dr Jake Phillips.

Home Office call for evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls - Recommendations from the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Home Office call for evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG

Academics and researchers from the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice contributed a number of recommendations to the Home Officer call for evidence on its Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG Strategy. Read the full submission.


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