Human Rights Program, UW-Madison

About the Program

GLS received a Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Award in 2013 to establish an interdisciplinary, campus-wide human rights program.  The proposal combined a new research agenda with an institutional innovation to deepen cross-regional and interdisciplinary research for faculty as well as educational opportunities for students across campus. It seeks to create a cross-campus Human Rights Program (HRP) using the momentum created by the Human Rights Initiative and the administrative and coordinating capacity of the Global Legal Studies Center (GLS).

The project seeks to synergize existing resources in a way that creates a unique research platform for a wide range of scholars and students on campus while promoting a significant institutional innovation that will help to strengthen and sustain human rights as an important dimension of our international capabilities.

Scholars Affiliated with the Human Rights Program


Program on Migration and Human Rights


Distinguished Lectures

The International Division handed over the coordination of two distinguished lectures on human rights to the Human Rights Program. These lectures are intended to contribute to the “internationalization” of the campus, celebrate the achievements of the selected lecturers, educate the university community about specific, important international issues, and partner with university and community groups dedicated to global education and international awareness.

A sub-committee of the HRP comprising Alexandra Huneeus, Lori Diprete Brown, Lalita du Perron, Aili Tripp, Allison Sambo and Sumudu Atapattu nominates names and coordinates the lectures.

      Mildred Fish Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture 

Viviana Krsticevic will deliver Fish-Harnack lecture on September 28, 2016 at the Pyle Center 

       J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa lecture

         Dr Vandana Shiva will deliver the Soffa Lecture on April 27, 2017 at the Pyle Center, details
         pending


All Events

Research clusters, Intellectual Framework and the Governance Structure

Summary of the program

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