Human Rights Go Local Publication Series

The publication series “Human Rights Go Local” is jointly edited by the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security at the University of Graz. The series is published by HRGL Publications. 

The series allows established researchers, new voices, and practitioners to contribute to the debate on the interlinkages between human rights and global policy frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. In addition, the publication series showcases how these very interlinkages can guide us towards creating inclusive, resilient, safe, and sustainable urban spaces and regions.

The contributions to this publication series are targeted to all stakeholders at the local and regional levels: municipal administrations and regional governments; local authorities and service-providers; city coalitions; scholars and activists; and everyone seeking to understand, evaluate, discuss, and engage in fostering human rights and sustainable development at the local and regional levels.

Volume 1: “Implementing Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Local Level: Key Issues and Examples”

by Karina Gomes and Markus Möstl, edited by Gerd Oberleitner and Klaus Starl

The first publication in the series discusses three fundamental questions:

  • What are the interlinkages between human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and what practical implications does this relationship have for the local level?
  • How do local level authorities, such as Human Rights Cities, (concurrently) implement human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals in practice?
  • Which governance levels are practically involved in the implementation of human rights and the international development agenda at the local level and how do they interact and influence each other?

Karina Gomes and Markus Möstl, Implementing Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Local Level: Key Issues and Examples, in: Gerd Oberleitner and Klaus Starl (series eds.), Human Rights Go Local Publications Series, Volume 1, HRGL Publishing, Graz, 2020.

You can purchase the publication here.

Volume 2: “Doing Human Rights Research at the Local and Regional Level: Field-tested Methods" [working title]

by Isabella Meier, edited by Gerd Oberleitner and Klaus Starl

The second publication will be released in early 2021.

It draws from over 20 years of practical experience in human rights research. It will guide the reader through a series of field-tested social science methods and offer practical insights on how to apply them in various areas of human rights monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment at the local level. The publication provides input on how to do human rights research in a cost-efficient and feasible manner in local settings.