research and capacity building

Seeking to identify new opportunities for participation, share our understanding of human rights issues and address the knowledge deficit around Libya

Research and capacity building

Working together with our Research Fellows, the Research and Capacity Building Programme contributes to policy and civil society thinking on human rights, the rule of law, and justice issues in Libya. The Programme offers precise and informed recommendations, which we build into our work and share with stakeholders through reports, workshops, and events. We regularly partner with civil society organisations, Libyan lawyers and activists, and world leading academic institutions to ensure our activities reflect a diverse range of perspectives and are of the highest quality.

Our research activities aim to provide meaningful insight into Libya’s human rights challenges.  We prioritise the investigation of issues that are under-explored and which may offer new opportunities to achieve social change. We employ methodologies that engage participants and allow their voices to be represented. Our reports and materials speak to the human rights experiences of those affected, reflecting the concerns of daily life as well as experiences at the extremes of crisis.

Our capacity building efforts recognise that informed stakeholders, equipped with resources and skills, improve the prospect of a Libya becoming committed to human rights, the rule of law, and justice. We organise events to facilitate strategic conversations and offer participants new legal tools to make a difference in Libya. The programme develops informative resources, handbooks, and curriculums to support these efforts.  We further offer opportunities, through fellowships and work experience placements, to help develop the skill sets of future human rights lawyers.







Research Report: Systematic Gender Based Violence

We are currently producing a detailed report on the occurrence of gender-based violence in Libya. The report will reveal new accounts on the diversity and impact of abuses; how gender-based violence is systematically encouraged through the Libya legal system and social processes; and informed recommendations on how civil society can respond differently. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (Expected Release: Q3 2018)










Research Report: Gender in Tawergha and Misrata Reconciliation Efforts

We are drafting a short but detailed brief of the Reconciliation Process between Tawergha and Misrata. This brief will consider the content of the agreement from a gendered perspective, in order to provide recommendations going forward. It suggests opportunities to improve future national reconciliation efforts. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Sussex (Expected Release: Q3 2018)









Latest News

Weekly Briefing

June 7, 2021
The Libyan national elections, scheduled for 24 December 2021, are upon us. In order to guarantee free and fair elections, the Libyan authorities, including the new interim Government of National Unity (the GNU), the Presidency Council and the House of Representatives (the HoR), must put human rights at the forefront. In February 2021, the Prime Minister and the members of the Presidency Council signed a pledge to abide by the Roadmap “For the Preparatory Phase of a Comprehensive Solution” (the Roadmap) adopted by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). However, since the confidence vote granted to the GNU by the HoR on 15 March 2021, little has been done to prepare for elections.

The elections are now only seven months away. To ensure Libya is ready for election on 24 December 2021, this human rights roadmap details seven key human rights priorities that the interim executive authority must tackle in the next seven months.

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