For decades, human rights have been treated as the business of international institutions like the European Court of Human Rights. Yet, the respect for human rights on the part of governments has been invariably weak. Our team aims to understand why and how states interfere in individuals’ lives and then determine how and when this behaviour may be changed to encourage better respect for human rights norms. The team will build on insights from behavioural economics, psychology, and social sciences to come up with new solutions – incentives or nudges – which governments, communities and even individuals can employ in the future. Our main purpose is to establish how we can deter and minimise violations of human rights in the future. 


We aim to find new solutions, nudges and incentives for better human rights protection in Europe and beyond


Human Rights Nudge is an ERC-funded project that looks at past cases of human rights violations and studies when and why states changed their practice


We are a team of experts and researchers from various fields that are working together to understand state behaviour



Veronika Fikfak. 'Non-pecuniary damages before the European Court of Human Rights: Forget the victim; it’s all about the state.' (2020) Vol 33. Leiden Journal of International Law, pp 335-369.

Veronika Fikfak. ‘Changing State Behaviour: Damages before the European Court of Human Rights’. (2018) Vol 29/4. European Journal of International Law, pp 1091-1125. 


10 July 2020

Postdoctoral and visitor positions: We are actively looking for postgraduates to pursue their own project on a Marie Curie Fellowship or academic visitors to the Human Rights Nudge. Please email us or DM us at @rightsnudge.

30 March 2020

Press Release: Damages awarded by the European Court of Human Rights vary country-by-country, and frequent violators get a 'discount'.

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