The Collection includes a small amount of personal and biographical material but comprises mainly correspondence, reports, working notes and briefing papers covering a range of topics associated with Lord Hylton's work. These include peace building and mediation, religious freedom, international criminal law, forced labour, refugees, asylum, domestic slavery, trafficking and prisons, as well as individual cases of human rights infringement or violation.
The Collection contains material relating to Lord Hylton's interests in the UK, but is global in scope, also documenting his involvement in international human rights enforcement and in developing responses to dangerous or deteriorating situations in areas of persistent unrest such as Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya, North Korea and Pakistan.
Lord Hylton's parliamentary activity - his questions, speeches and correspondence with MPs and fellow members of the House of Lords - is well-represented. The Collection also contains material relating to his collaboration with campaigning groups and other organisations, charities, politicians and religious leaders in the UK and abroad.
Material relating to Lord Hylton's involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process is held by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.