Research and resources

We carry out legal and policy research to develop the field of equality and help document discrimination and inequality around the world


The Value of Research

We place a high value on research and its impact on advancing equality. Our research enhances the discourse on equality and builds the evidence base on discriminatory practices. When backed with substantive evidence, our advocacy, litigation and supporting equality movement programmes are delivered effectively. Our research equips equality activists with the necessary tools to expose discrimination and hold state and non-state actors to account.  

A Collaborative Effort 

Our approach to developing resources is collaborative. At international and regional levels we consult with thought leaders from academic, legal, governmental and non-governmental spheres to develop resources. At the national level, we work with local partners to assess patterns of discrimination in their countries and to develop an analysis of the country's legal and policy framework on equality.

Our Tools to Advance Equality  

Declaration of Principles on Equality Declaration of Principles on Equality: The result of a collaboration of international equality experts, the Declaration represents best practice principles on equality and non-discrimination to further the promotion of equality as a fundamental human right. Initially signed by 128 experts from around the world in 2008, it has since been endorsed by many more.
Through six distinct sections, the Declaration defines the right to equality and non-discrimination, the areas of life and grounds covered by these rights and the obligations of states to enforce them. Read more and view a breakdown of the Declaration's sections.
Stand Up and Fight: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Solomon IslandsCountry Reports: Taking a context-specific approach, our country reports provide a first-time analysis of discrimination faced by individuals on many different grounds. Each publication outlines discrimination faced in the given country on grounds ranging from: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, health, political opinion, religion, sexual orientation and other status.
After featuring a comprehensive critique of the country's legal and policy framework related to equality, they make recommendations to the government to improve its framework in line with international best practice. View and download country reports
Economic and Social Righs in the Courtroom: A Litigator's GuideThematic Resources: These resources highlight particular issues where equality intersects with other human rights areas such as freedom from discriminatory torture, freedom of expression, socio-economic rights and statelessness.
Some of our thematic resources look at specific issues spanning across multiple countries such as the rights of Rohingya in South East Asia. Other thematic resources provide practical guidance on a global scale such as Economic and Social Rights in the Courtroom: A Litigators Guide
Equal Rights Review Volume 16 The Equal Rights Review: Our interdisciplinary journal, published bi-annually from 2008 - 2016, is an encounter between legal, philosophical, sociological, and other social science discourses. Each journal focuses on a particular theme and brings together analytical articles, testimony, interviews with experts and other materials related to equality and non-discrimination.
Experts contributing to the Review have included, Professor Kimberle CrenshawMr Stephen Gilbert MPSir Bob Hepple, QC and Paul Hunt.  Click to view all volumes
Virtual Library: Alongside our research, our Virtual Library on Equality stores almost 1200 useful resources intended for litigators, researchers, activists and the wider equality community so that work is effectively disseminated to ensure greater cohesion in advancing equality. The advanced library search allows visitors to search the array of documents by specific category, country, source and date. Explore the Virtual Library

Stay Informed on Equal Rights

Email news service: our email news service sends regular updates to over 6000 equality advocates, informing them on important developments in the field of equality, including key court and legislative decisions and updates on the Trust's latest news and events. Join other advocates and receive our news