PHD Program Background

The Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS), one of the constituent units of the College of Law and Governance Studies, is a human rights institute engaged in teaching, research and community services in an interdisciplinary setting. Since 2011, the Center has been running a Joint PhD Program in Peace, Federalism and Human Rights in collaboration with the Center for Federal Studies and the Institute of Peace and Security Studies. Admitted to the joint PhD program, the Center has in three rounds enrolled 11 PhD students who are now at various levels of doctoral studies.

In meeting with the spirit of Article 66 of the AAU Senate Legislation, the Center for Human Rights has reorganized the PhD program. The newly redeveloped program was launched in 2017.


The Center strives to meet the needs of national development through the provision of independent researches of high international caliber pursued in accordance with recognized scientific and ethical principles in the field of human rights.

The new program platform shall provide well-planned teaching and learning package and shall have the objective of qualifying candidates for research and other works requiring focused, rigorous and high levels of scientific insight and analytical thinking in the field of interdisciplinary human rights.

In specifics, the advanced teaching and research pursued within the framework of the program will:

  • Instill highly specialized knowledge and analytical skills in interdisciplinary human rights that help students in carrying out scholarly analysis and in reviewing new and complex phenomena, issues and situations autonomously;
  • Equip students with sophisticated competence in the field of human rights – enabling them to identify, present and discuss issues critically;
  • Develop in students the ability to make significant contribution to the formation of knowledge through dissertation and discus subjects authoritatively on issues of relevance in the national and international contexts; and
  • Facilitate new scientific knowledge that can be employed in academic settings as well as in broader national settings of policy and practical needs of the country in the field of human rights.