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Unit Profile

The Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) was formally established in 2004 as a research unit located in the Department of Public Law.The DGRU seeks to fulfil its mission by creating a safe intellectual space in which key stakeholders can think through possible solutions, with a range of inter-disciplinary projects that support the process and inform the debate in order to promote public accountability and the Rule of Law. The DGRU is primarily concerned with the relationship between rights and governance. Thus, it focuses on public administration, with the challenge of public accountability, on the one hand, and the realization of constitutionally-enshrined human rights on the other.

The vision for the future is that in ten years time, the DGRU will have a strong international reputation as a place where bold new ideas are born and then turned into working practice, providing a stimulating environment for policy-makers, academic thinkers and students alike, and an intellectual bridge between Europe and Africa on some of the most significant public law issues that face modern societies everywhere.


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