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 initiative to deepen cross-regional and interdisciplinary research for faculty and educational opportunities for students across campus. The program 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). In order to touch on a variety of human rights issues, the program selects an annual focus. The Human Rights Program is supported by the International Division and coordinated by the Global Legal Studies Center.

Phase II of the program focused on Migration and Human Rights.

Phase III of the program: From 2018-2020, the HRP focused on the "future of human rights" with a sub-theme of climate change and human rights for the 2019-20 academic year.

Phase IV of the program: Climate Change and Human Rights and Justice in Southeast Asia Lab (JSEALab)

The program 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.

Events 2021- 22

September 28, 2021

Book Talk with Melissa K. Scanlan, "Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy"

Melissa K Scanlan, Director of the Center for Water Policy, UW-Milwaukee, and Affiliate Faculty, UW Law School will present her talk on September 28, 2021 at Noon. This will be a virtual event. 

Registration is required. For more information and to register for free at Eventbrite.

Distinguished Lectures

The International Division handed over the coordination of two distinguished human rights lectures 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, Tyrell Haberkorn, Sara McKinnon and Sumudu Atapattu nominates names and coordinates the lectures.

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