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Innovative Partnership: IHRP and UN-ACT establish new opportunities for research and university

curriculum on migration and trafficking in persons

On March 19, 2015 Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) Chair of the Master of Arts Human Rights (International Program) Dr. Coeli Barry met with United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) Regional Research Analyst Sebastian Boll to discuss a new partnership aimed at research and curriculum development in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons within the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and Southeast Asia more broadly.

UN-ACT was established in 2014 to ensure a coordinated approach to more strategically and effectively combat trafficking in persons in the GMS and beyond. The project builds upon the work previously undertaken by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP). In realizing their mission UN-ACT works with universities and human rights institutions within the region to support research by PhD students while also providing opportunities to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to conduct research, attend seminars, and undertake internships in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons.

Opportunities discussed in expanding these UN-ACT programs and establishing new projects by partnering with IHRP included:

  • Undergraduate level migration and trafficking in persons curriculum development
  • Original research opportunities for IHRP PhD students supported by UN-ACT through the provision of work space within their offices and access to data sets and trainings in proven research methods in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons
  • Internship opportunities at UN-ACT for IHRP MA and PhD students

The partnership between IHRP and UN-ACT will be further developed and established over the coming months through the assistance of the IHRP Outreach and Recruitment team. Future updates will be provided through the IHRP and UN-ACT websites.

SHAPE-SEA Call for Research Proposals

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SHAPE-SEA is a collaboration of the ASEAN University Network-Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE) and the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN). It is hosted by the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) of Mahidol University, Thailand, and it is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

SHAPE-SEA is inviting you to submit your concept note on your proposed research on or before 24 April 2015-- 17:00 (Bangkok Time). Please email your concept notes to the SHAPE SEA Secretariat at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please find attachment for more details.

Research Themes

✦   ASEAN and Human Rights

✦   Business Accountability

✦   Peace and Security

✦   Governance and Justice

✦   Academic Freedom

Research Grants

Small grants: 1-12 months; not exceeding USD 5,000

Medium grants: 1-2 years; not exceeding USD 20,000

Regional grants: 1-2 years; not exceeding USD 60,000

Student Thesis Grants*

Masters: not exceeding USD 3,000

PhD: not exceeding USD 7,000

* Student thesis grants are for a period of one (1) year. The grant will be used to develop part of the thesis research into a peer reviewed paper or for field data-gathering.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your concept notes!

SHAPE-SEA Secretariat

at the Institute of Human Rights & Peace Studies, Mahidol University

Rm. 308, Panyaphipat Bldg., Faculty of Social Science, Mahidol University, Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

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Call for Papers! "Traversing the next ASEAN: Challenges and Prospects in Development, Democratization, Human Rights and Peace"

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4th International Conference on International Relations and Development

(ICIRD 2015)

Mahidol University, Salaya, 9-10 July 2015

Co-organized by: Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University; Master of Arts in Development Studies Program, Chulalongkorn University; Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University; and Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University.

Submission Deadline: Call for Panel Proposals and Paper Abstracts – Monday 30 March 2015

For further information: https://sites.google.com/site/icird2015conference/

Inaugural Meeting: Coalition of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mahidol

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February 26, 2014 from 12 noon – 1:30 pm

Room 109, IHRP, Mahidol University

Headed by: Dr. Coeli Barry, Chair- Human Rights M.A International Program, Institute of Human Rights & Peace Studies

The inaugural meeting of the Coalition of Social Sciences and Humanities was attended by faculty of Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University International College (MUIC), Faculty of Religious Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Research Institute of Languages and Cultures in Asia (RILCA), Program in Innovative Education, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Objectives of the Coalition:

  • to provide a forum for Thai and International teachers and researchers dedicated to strengthening social sciences and humanities at Mahidol University
  • to help build a richer cross-campus research culture
  • to advocate for university policies specifically designed for social science/humanities staff and study programs
  • to identify best practices for competitive, international standard Masters and PhD degree programs

Steps Forward:

  • Build the Coalition of Social Sciences and Humanities through communication and networking within Mahidol
  • Communicate regularly on Social Sciences and Humanities with the University leadership
  • Advocate for focus on progressing Social Sciences and Humanities at Mahidol University
  • Advance Social Science and Humanities research and push research oriented agenda
  • Collaborate with Faculty of Graduate Students to promote student well-being effectively

Next meeting open to Coalition members and interested Mahidol University Social Science and Humanities MA and PhD students: Thursday March 19, 2015 12 (noon) to 1:30 p.m. Room 113 Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Panyaphiphat Building

Call for Applications! Asian Regional Advanced Learning Program on Human Rights

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Asian Regional Advanced Learning Program on

Human Rights

2nd – 11th August, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University


Asian Institute for Human Rights


Download from: http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/download/148/Application Form-Asian Regional Advanced Learning Program on.pdf


Human rights are evolving rapidly, with transformations to both protection mechanisms and international standards. Effective human rights defenders are required to understand this changing context. In the South, East and South East Asian regions, reversals in the process of democratization, the reemergence of support for strong governments, and the pursuit of neoliberal economic policies pose numerous challenges for those engaged in human rights protection.

A better understanding of the contexts and appreciation of evolution of norms will assist in identifying and implementing appropriate strategies for protection of human rights.  Therefore, human rights practitioners whether governmental or non-governmental, should strengthen their analytical and conceptual skills related to human rights protection. The objective of the Advanced Learning Program is to provide a course, which addresses these needs


The program is for mid-level professionals working in human rights who want to be updated on the contemporary developments in the human rights field.

The program will facilitate a critical engagement with the evolving contexts and contemporary challenges in human rights practice and develop a better understanding of strategies of promotion and protection adopted by people working on human rights.


Þ    Government officials and staff of national human rights institutions whose work is related to human rights.

Þ    Representatives from civil society groups working on specific issues related to human rights issues of concern to disadvantaged groups.

Þ    Human Rights defenders

Þ    Academics and graduate students.

In the selection process, consideration shall be given to gender balance and regional and country representation.


The learning program will be a seminar based intensive workshop.  Participants will be expected to prepare a pre-program task. The program will be highly participatory; each participant will be actively involved in contributing to as well as learning from the program.


The program costs are:

  • Registration fees of 100 USD.
  • Accommodation and food, 250 USD
  • Air fare to Bangkok


Scholarships to cover accommodation, food and airfare shall be provided on a needs basis.


For an application to be complete, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed application form that is attached to this information note including the two Personal Statements on the following information:

ü  In brief, the reasons for applying to the program, the applicant’s main fields of interest and how the applicant and the nominating organization hope to benefit from the program.

ü  In brief, the experience of the applicant’s engagement with issues of human rights concern.

  1. A letter of organizational endorsement, which is to be provided by the director or head of the organization (or, in the case that the director is applying, someone from the organization’s board).  The letter should explain how the applicant’s participation in the program fits into the organizations priorities and activities.

The completed application form and documents can be sent by email to:

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The Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, is committed to the advancement of human rights and peace by educating human rights and peace practitioners, promoting outreach programs to community and international organizations, and conducting cutting edge research on important issues. (http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/)

The Asian Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) strives to strengthen the theory and practice of human rights, facilitate systematic linkages between academics and activists and contribute to a continuous process of action and reflection. (http://aihr.info)