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.

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

During 2018-2020, HRP will focus is on "future of human rights" with a sub-theme of climate change and human rights for the 2019-20 academic year.

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.

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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