Escaping the Ivory Tower: Legal Research on Human Rights from a Critical Perspective


  • Dolores Morondo Taramundi Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto



legal method, legal research, interdisciplinarity, intersectoriality, activism, critical theory, human rights theory


This article aims to address some of the criticisms that have been made of human rights research, especially of human rights research conducted by legal scholars. It argues that a conscious and critical approach to the limitations of the 'ivory tower' of legal scholarship on rights is becoming increasingly necessary in a research context marked by the convergence of multiple disciplines, the ever-growing contestation of human rights, and the complexity of the international regime for the protection of human rights. This article outlines three strategies that could be useful for legal scholars to escape from the ivory tower and make a significant contribution to multidisciplinary human rights studies.


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Morondo Taramundi, D. . (2019). Escaping the Ivory Tower: Legal Research on Human Rights from a Critical Perspective. The Age of Human Rights Journal, (13), 1–20.