About the program
GLS received a Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Award in 2013 for its human rights research 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.
The Human Rights Program is constituted by four broadly defined yet distinctive human rights research clusters:
These clusters will engage each other through a common intellectual framework which will include a special focus on four domains of human rights policy and practice:
- advocacy and mobilization
policy and social analysis
law and implementation
accountability and memory
This framework will enable the different clusters to engage in a deep cross-regional and interdisciplinary dialogue.
A joint speaker series, brown bag discussions, a summer graduate student fellowships and a larger teaching mission - undergraduate and graduate/professional courses, and a human rights clinic enabling faculty and students to work on projects together with and on behalf of human rights organizations - will facilitate this engagement.
Governance structure and Current Steering committee members
While GLS will serve as the
administrative home, a steering committee comprising the Project Leaders
- Associate Dean Heinz Klug and Vice Provost Steve Stern -
representatives from Title VI Centers involved in the HRP and the four
research clusters that make up the research base of the HRP will lead
the HRP. The current Steering Committee members are:
Program PIs and Coordinator:
- Steve Stern
- Heinz Klug
- Sumudu Atapattu
- Christina Ewig (land and water)
- Alexandra Huneeus and Scott Straus (state and non-state violence)
- Alberto Vargas (environment)
- Lori Diprete Brown (health)
- Lalita Du Perron (Center for South Asia)
- Jo Ellen Fair (African Studies Program)
- Erica Simmons (LACIS)
Alexandra Huneeus and Steve Stern serve as co-chairs of the Steering Committee