The Socio-Economic Rights Programme - SERP

Over the last two decades, economic, social and cultural rights have gained increased recognition. However, the global challenges of systemic poverty and discrimination remain enormous. There is a continuous need to explore how these rights are best addressed.

SERP was established in June 2009 with the aim of supporting research, policy-making, advocacy and education on socio-economic rights at the national and international levels. It seeked to build on and develop the Centre’s long tradition in research and promotion in this field.

These were the specific objectives:

  • Produce high quality research and materials on socio-economic rights
  • Increase knowledge amongst practitioners and scholars.
  • Provide policy-makers and NGOs with useful tools, jurisprudence and guidelines.
  • Provide strategic advice to Norwegian government


The Programme received funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ford Foundation. In addition, UN OHCHR, UNICEF, LEVE, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Plan Norway and Åbo Institute provided support to specific projects.



  • Natasha Telson (Assistant coordinator)

Associate Advisors

  • Malcolm Langford
  • Cecilia Bailliet
  • Asbjørn Eide
  • Bård Anders Andreassen
  • Anne Hellum 



Published Nov. 3, 2009 3:50 PM - Last modified Dec. 21, 2020 4:24 PM