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The SHAPE-SEA Program

Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia


  • Launched in February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, SHAPE-SEA is a collaboration between two academic networks based in Southeast Asia: AUN-HRE (30 member universities) and SEAHRN (22 members)
  • Overall Aim: To contribute to the improvement of the human rights and peace situation in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia through applied research and education.
  • It focuses on supporting research on innovative and critical projects on human rights and peace, and in exploring ways in which this knowledge is made accessible to university students throughout ASEAN/SEA.
  • SHAPE-SEA Secretariat is hosted by the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) at Mahidol University
  • Supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR)

Core Themes

  • ASEAN and Human Rights
  • Business Accountability
  • Peace and Security
  • Governance and Justice
  • Academic Freedom

Main Areas of Work

  • Research: Supporting and contributing to the existing knowledge through high quality research on human rights and peace in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia.
  • Education: Directly involve and engage SEA/ASEAN universities to pay a more significant role in the sustainability of human rights protection by contributing research, and increasing the knowledge on human rights and peace by incorporating these issues into university education
  • Capacity Building and Outreach: Create spaces for knowledge building and dissemination amongst the academic community and other human rights and peace stakeholders
  • Publications and Public Relations: Production and dissemination of research to a wider audience

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