About the HRRC

The Connecticut / Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium (HRRC) provides an international, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional platform to promote and support academic collaboration between researchers and research groups at universities and other research institutions in the State of Connecticut (USA) and the Land Baden-Württemberg (Germany).

Research Areas

The Consortium is designed to serve as an incubator for diverse and interdisciplinary human rights research projects, generate critical knowledge on key human rights-related issues, and disseminate its findings. Research areas include:

  • artificial intelligence,
  • biotechnology,
  • the role of democratic institutions in the face of authoritarianism,
  • conflict management,
  • labor migration and forced migration,
  • media and public discourse analysis,
  • social justice and solidarity, and
  • human rights education in the age of social media.


The outcomes of this innovative Consortium will have significant implications for 1) research, 2) education, 3) public discourse, and 4) political decision-making.

In concrete terms, the Connecticut / Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium:

  • builds inter-state, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research networks through active transatlantic working groups, video conference meetings, and periodic in-person conferences;
  • promotes faculty mobility and fellowships as well as opportunities for postgraduate and graduate exchange;
  • supports collaborative grant writing;
  • provides educational and curriculum assistance on human rights issues for secondary and college/university education;
  • provides publicly accessible online resources on critical human rights issues and for human rights education (media libraries, podcasts, etc.);
  • disseminates research findings through publications and policy papers;
  • provides advice to political decision-makers.