Dr. Hans-Otto Sano


Research Director & Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Research publications


Sano, H.-O., ‘Social Accountability in the World Bank. How Does It Overlap with Human Rights?’ in LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker (eds.), Closing the Rights Gap. From Human Rights to Social Transformations, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015, pp. 219-236 (Peer-reviewed).

Sano, H.-O., Broberg, M., ‘Rettighedsbasseret udvikling – en ny tilgang i udviklingsbistanden’, Økonomi og Politik, nr. 2, juni, 2015, pp. 37-46 (Non-peer-reviewed).


Sano, H.-O., ‘Evidence in demand. An overview of evidence and methods in assessing impact of economic and social rights’, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 32(4), 2014, pp.387-402 (Peer-reviewed).

Sano, H.-O. and Mustaniemi-Laakso, M. (eds.), ‘Nordic Human rights-based change and the institutionalisation of economic and social rights’, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 32(4), 2014, pp.287-290 (Peer-reviewed).


Sano, H.-O., ‘The Drivers of Human Rights Change in Development’ in Gready, P. and Vandenhole, W. (eds.), Human Rights and Development in the New Millennium: Towards a Theory of Change, London: Routledge, 2013 (Peer-reviewed).

Sano, H.-O., ‘Human Rights and Development: Human Rights Principles and Their Indicators’, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 31(3), 2013, pp.281-400 (Peer-reviewed).


Jørgensen, R. F., Kessing, P. V., Kjær, K. U., Sano, H. O., Scharff Smith, P.,’Menneskeretssituationen i Danmark 1999-2003′, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Menneskerettigheter, 22 (2), 2004 (Peer-reviewed).

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Key competencies

Development, human rights-based approaches, poverty and human rights, human rights indicators, good governance

Selected projects

Human rights research methods: Key issues and approaches

A book project which introduces and critically discusses various approaches to human rights research.

Human rights and extreme poverty

This study aims to explore how human rights can be used to create enduring processes of empowerment.

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