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'Knowing Our Rights' research project

BiE's ‘Knowing our Rights’ (KOR) research project aims to provide analysis, and to deepen and increase understanding, of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the UK, based on academic scholarship and engagement with the public, young people in particular.


The project is concerned to ensure that the public in the UK obtains a balanced, research-based view of rights in the European Convention, as applied in the UK through the Human Rights Act 1998.


The project also aims to raise public awareness of how the European Court of Human Rights operates, how its case law is accommodated in the UK, and the consequences for our human rights that would derive from the UK potentially withdrawing from the Convention or watering down relevant rights.


The project explores these critical issues in the context of post-Brexit withdrawal from the human rights protections contained in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and of the ECHR protections incorporated in EU law as well as in the context of continuous uncertainty about the potential to replace the Human Rights Act with a UK Bill of Rights.

'Knowing Our Rights' was founded, and is currently directed, by Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Prof of Law at Goldsmiths, University of London, who is also the founder and director of BiE. The project was launched following a successful funding application to the Open Society Initiative for Europe (Open Society Forum), and received funding from the OSF between September 2016 and July 2018.

Since July 2018, Knowing Our Rights is based at Goldsmiths, University of London.

You can access the KOR website here.

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