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). In order to touch on a variety of human rights issues, the program selects an annual focus. The current focus is on Migration and Human Rights.

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.

Steering Committee and Affiliated Scholars

Focus on Migration and Human Rights

Human Rights Program Events

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
    September 13, 2018: delivered by Judge Navi Pillai, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 4:00pm, Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center, details pending
  • J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa lecture
    “Gender Inclusion for Lasting Peace” by May Sabe Phyu, recipient of the 2017 Trailblazer award "for her courage and commitment to inclusive peacebuilding, and tireless work to advance women’s equality in the face of violent opposition" in Myanmar.4:00pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison. All are welcome.
    More details are available here.

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