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.


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Extracurricular activities: ‘just another thing to think about’?

Following their publication, ‘“It’s Just Another Thing to Think About”: encouraging students’ engagement in extracurricular activities’, Dr Jill Dickinson, Teri-Lisa Griffiths and Alex Bredice from Sheffield Hallam University, discuss the challenges presented by the increasingly blended HE environment.

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Death penalty is not an answer

The need of the hour is rehabilitating sex offenders and including men in the dialogue of gender-based violence - read the article written by Dr Madhumita Pandey

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A new rule U.S. could change what you wear — and intervene in a genocide

Professor Laura Murphy discusses a new rule that U.S. could change what you wear — and intervene in a genocide

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Featured projects

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Impact of anti social-behaviour tools and powers on street-sleeping homeless people

Creating a robust evidence base that details the impact of anti-social behaviour tools and powers, such as Public Spaces Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices, have on homeless people

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Helena Kennedy Centre staff in India

HKC India

Improving access to justice, rights and protection for women and girl victims of violence in India

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Students from HKC in Africa

HKC Africa

Positively impacting human rights and the health and education of women and children in the country

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Part of the Social and Economic Research Institute

Leading pioneering research in the fields of law, economics, education and more

Social and Economic Research Institute