Foundation Rene Cassin-International Institute for Human Rights


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About Foundation Rene Cassin-International Institute for Human Rights

True to the vision and the work of Rene Cassin, the Foundation has been created by a decree published in 2015. This new Foundation replaced the International institute of Human Rights and takes its full name of International Institute of Human Rights- Foundation Rene Cassin. It aims to implement the defense and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms through teaching and research in complete independence and in a scientific spirit. This Foundation is chaired by Jean-Paul Costa and it is based in Strasbourg, symbolic city of the rule of law and human rights. Independent and apolitical, it embodies a bridge between the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe and the University of Strasbourg while staying distinct from these entities.

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Research, Education


The IIHR, founded in 1969 by René Cassin, is a foundation working for the promotion and the protection of human rights through research and training.

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Founded: 1969
Location (HQ): France
Scope: Global
Focus area: All human rights

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Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.