About us

The Nuremberg Human Rights Center

 … informs about human rights

The NHRC serves the interested public as an information center for questions concerning human rights. It is equipped with a publicly accessible library and an often visited website in German, English and Spanish. Educational material is available for download. The NHRC regularly presents publications concerning human rights and is also the editorial office for the “Journal of Human Rights”. Furthermore they give lectures in Germany and abroad.

… stimulates the exchange about human rights

The NHRC regularly invites interesting personalities for conversations about human rights and is an active cooperation partner of human rights events in Nuremberg, such as the Latin America Week, the German Human Rights Film Award or events accompanying the International Nuremberg Human Rights Award. In the recent years the NHRC has been the co-organizer of various international human rights conferences in Nuremberg.

… conducts human rights education

The educational team of the NHRC offers seminars at the “Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände” and at the “Memorium Nuremberg Trials”, gives guided tours through the “Way of Human Rights” in Nuremberg and has developed an anti-discrimination project (“Discrimination concerns us all!”), which is designed for school classes, trainees and other interested groups. In Nuremberg and in the region active members and volunteers of the NHRC offer a number of workshops for various human rights issues.

… advises and comments

The expertise of the NHRC as far as general questions on human rights and human rights policy are concerned as well as their knowledge on specific human rights topics (human rights in Latin America, International criminal courts, “missing persons”, social human rights etc.) is frequently asked for. Members of the NHRC serve as external experts at the German Bundestag, as a dialogue partner in ministries and as members of the local, national and international human rights committees in Nuremberg, Berlin and Geneva.

Rainer Huhle is a member of the committee of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and a board member of the NHRC. The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Human Rights Council, Heiner Bielefeldt, is also a member of the NHRC.

… interferes in human rights politics

The NHRC is an active force at the “Forum Menschenrechte”, the national network of German non-governmental human rights organizations. With constructive criticism the NHRC accompanies the German human rights politics, campaigns for human rights towards political decision-makers and supports local, national and international campaigns to protect human rights.


The NHRC is borne by voluntary work

The NHRC is headed by a five-member board, currently composed of: Rainer Huhle, Michael Krennerich (1. chairperson), Nicole Scharrer (2. chairperson), Götz Schwanhäußer and Alice Speck. Furthermore, the work of the NHRC is supported by the volunteer work of numerous members and dedicated interns from Germany and abroad, which are supervised by Nicole Scharrer.


We are highly appreciating any active cooperation and new ideas. Please feel free to contact us and arrange a meeting through our office!


There is the possibility to complete an unpaid internship at the NHRC. The minimum duration of the internship is six weeks. Interns are required to work independently on certain topics that are specified in consultation with the board.
In your letter of application please state any relevant knowledge and abilities concerning human rights, languages, computer skills etc. and explain why you are especially interested in an internship at the NHRC. Please describe your idea about an internship, especially your favorite time frame and key areas of your work. Please also include your curriculum vitae. You can either post your application or send it to us via E-Mail. A personal interview is required before any final decision is made.