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Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Welcome to the career site of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Impactpool!


We are an experienced research and academic institution that has offices, programmes, and convening power covering 40 countries.

We combine evidence-based human rights research with direct engagement with international organisations, governments, national human rights institutions, the justice sector, local and regional authorities, universities, and the business sector to bring about human rights change for all.

We are named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II.


To contribute to a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.


Just and inclusive societies with the effective realisation of human rights for all.


Our Focus Areas

We have set out to focus our work on a number of the major human rights challenges where we can do the most good.

  • We work to enhance the rights and protection of the millions of refugees and migrants at risk. Read more.
  • We work to secure that justice is accessible and administered to all equally. Read more.
  • We work to ensure that societies are open and inclusive to all. Read more.
  • We work towards a fair and socially sustainable global economy where human rights are a key building block for development, business and environmental governance. Read more.

How We Work

To advance human rights, we:

  • develop cutting edge and policy-oriented research and analysis
  • provide human rights education
  • directly engage in the implementation of human rights together with our partners around the world to improve the practical application of human rights.
  • bring together policy-makers, experts and civil society to engage in solution-oriented dialogue to advance human rights. Together we bring about change.

Our Results

Research & Analysis

We have advanced the field of human rights and humanitarian law by generating innovative and policy-oriented research for over 30 years.

Our research, analysis and policy have, to mention a few achievements, contributed to:

  • the development of international refugee law
  • improving the effective participation of national minorities in public life
  • the understanding and practical implementation of human rights and business

Human Rights Education

Many of the more than 1,000 graduated students from the Master’s Programme in International Human Rights Law at Lund University have gone on to work with human rights and international humanitarian law in key positions as ambassadors, judges, prosecutors and in foreign ministries. Others have established human rights institutes, work for intergovernmental organisations like the UNHCR, and in the private sector.

We supported the establishment of the first master’s programme in human rights in China in 2004 with more than 200 students graduating and going on to work as judges and prosecutors, in the private sector, or in the human rights development field.

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