Partner institutions

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

PRIO is located in Oslo and was founded in 1959. It is an independent research institution known for its policy-relevant research, graduate training, conflict resolution work, public information initiatives and policymaking activities. PRIO also runs the PRIO Cyprus Centre, which will host two events throughout the project period. PRIO is a co-owner of the Research School and will coordinate the project alongside the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR).

Makerere University, Uganda

Makerere University, established in 1970, is located in Kampala. It is considered the best university in Uganda and one of the top universities in Africa as a whole. The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) and the Law Faculty will be the partner institutions for this project. Research collaboration between PRIO and different departments at Makerere University and EPRC has long traditions, and EPRC researcher Francis Mwesigye ( is a PRIO Global Fellow.

African School of Economics, Benin

The African School of Economics (ASE) is a young university established in 2014. It is located in Abomey-Calavi. Despite its short existence, the African School of Economics has established itself as an emerging institution of rising importance in the region, running several MA and PhD programs. The school was established by Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Economics at Princeton, himself a former student leader in Benin. ASE and PRIO have recently developed a joint research proposal. 

Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Mekelle University is located in the town after which it is named. The relatively young university was established in 2000 and is the result of a merger between two older university colleges. It is ranked as one of the best universities in Ethiopia. The Mekelle Law School, which already has an ongoing collaboration with NCHR, will be our partner institution in this project.

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Universidad de los Andes in Bogot√° was established in 1948. It has since developed into the most prestigious university in Colombia, and one of the most highly ranked in Latin America. The partner institution for this project, the Political Science Department, has a well-established PhD program. The university also has a Research Program on Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding, and an MA Program on Peacebuilding. PRIO has worked closely with their researchers for years, and los Andes professor Angelika Rettberg ( is a PRIO Global Fellow. NCHR also has ties with los Andes, including experience as partners in the Global School on Socioeconomic Rights. 

Birzeit University, Palestine

Birzeit University is located close to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. It had long existed, first as a school and later a college. It was transformed into a University in 1975. Since then, it has been regarded as the preeminent Palestinian University and is highly regarded in the broader Arab world. The chief partner institute, Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, was established in 1991. It has run a MA program in Democracy and Human Rights since 1999. NCHR has past experiences with working with Muwatin. 


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