This three-day hybrid workshop, which took place from 7-9 June 2022 at the Hertie School, Berlin and online, focused on eight research methods and their implementation for fundamental rights research.

The workshop brought together 18 PhD researchers and postdoctoral researchers from 16 different universities and was hosted by the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights within the framework of CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences. The workshop participants had the opportunity to present their own research project, discuss their research methods and receive feedback from faculty and participants.

Testimonials from participants of the 2022 annual workshop:

  • Alessandra Accogli, PhD Candidate, University College Dublin (participated on-site):

    "Attending the Research Methods Workshop at the Hertie School Centre for Fundamental Rights was an extremely enriching experience. The workshop is aimed at making you reflect on the potential shortcomings of your methodology. The workshop program is such that you can learn each method extensively through very useful readings and videos. The way of dealing with the topics is straightforward, which makes it accessible and clear. Finally, each PhD has the opportunity to present their project and receive in-depth feedback. Highly recommended!”

  • Tatiana Cernicova-Dragomir, PhD Candidate, West University of Timișoara (participated on-site): 

    “The Workshop on Research Methods in Fundamental Rights was an eye-opening experience for me. I had the privilege of meeting amazing professors and learning in-depth about methods and methodology in relation to human rights research. I believe the programme is intense, but extremely rewarding and absolutely unforgettable. The workshop is very well rounded, the curriculum is masterfully designed, and overall it was a great opportunity to learn, in a hands-on and applied manner. I very much appreciated the thoroughly selected and assigned readings, the lectures and interactions during the workshop. I am very grateful to have participated in the workshop and to have had the chance to connect with the professors, as well as with other PhD students who share interest in this field of study."

  • Ahmet Gümüşbaş, PhD Candidate, University of Leuven (participated online):

    "The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for me to gain a thorough understanding of various research methods and to reflect on my own PhD project. While the stimulating lectures and discussions with other researchers broadened my methodological perspective, the constructive feedback I received on my socio-legal research was very useful and rewarding. I am truly grateful for this opportunity, which I would strongly recommend to any legal researcher looking to improve their research skills.”

  • Nicola Sharman, Doctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland (participated on-site):

    "Taking part in the workshop has enabled me to significantly build my knowledge and understanding of the variety of methodological choices available to me as a legal researcher, how these may both shape and serve my research questions, and how clarity in my methods and methodology will allow me to better communicate with other scholars. The masterclasses were excellent, and with the benefit of the supportive and constructive feedback received on my existing plan from both experts and peers, I’ve been able to refine my approach and feel far more confident in the scope and direction of my project. I know the workshop will benefit me well beyond my doctorate and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any researchers working in the human rights field.”