Last updated November 16, 2016
California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Type of program: Global Studies Institute
Today’s employers are looking not only for students with strong analytical reasoning, critical thinking, writing and communication skills, but those with a firm knowledge of current global issues as well as their implications for the future. The Global Studies Institute is founded on the premise that students graduating from all of CSULB’s diverse programs will have been sensitized and exposed to global issues. Its mission is to incentivize, infuse, and serve as a conduit for international curricular and co-curricular innovations throughout campus. Click to learn more.
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Type of program: Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs
The Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs plays a critical role in the educational mission of SDSU. It was founded in 1942 as the Institute on World Affairs to inform students, faculty, and the wider public on global affairs. The Institute has provided the SDSU and greater San Diego community with high level and spirited intellectual engagement on a rich diversity of international issues and controversies. The Institute prides itself on encouraging robust critical debate, including the airing of highly controversial themes. Its operating motto is AUDIATUR ET ALTERA PARS (Let the Other Side be Heard). Click to learn more.
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
Type of program: Institute of Civic and Community Engagement
ICCE provides opportunities for SF State faculty and students to become aware of and address issues of social justice through service-learning and civic engagement. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the knowledge and assets of diverse communities. We foster scholarship that benefits the public good: those people who fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities, and who take action to effectively advocate for social, economic, and educational inclusion. Click to learn more.
Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Type of program: Stanford Law School Human Rights Center
The Stanford Human Rights Center provides tools for students, advocates, states, and civil society to better understand how to respect and protect human rights. The Center was created in 2013 to conduct applied human rights research. We promote events, student engagement, and public understanding of international human rights and global justice. Our work focuses on public policy analysis and the identification of international best practices in the areas of (criminal) justice reform, conditions of detention, and the inter-American human rights system. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Stanford Law School Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic
The Clinic engages students in sophisticated and multi-disciplinary advocacy to advance the basic human rights and dignity of victimized individuals and communities globally. Students divide their time between an intensive clinical seminar and ongoing clinical advocacy projects. They are thus exposed to a range of tools and strategies to promote respect for rights and dignity, including factual documentation, elaboration and distribution of reports describing rights abuse, traditional litigation before national and international institutions, community empowerment strategies, and conflict transformation techniques. Click to learn more.
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Type of program: UC Berkeley School of Law Human Rights Center
The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. We are an independent research and training center that applies innovative technologies and scientific methods to investigate war crimes and other serious violations of human rights. Based on our findings, we recommend specific policy measures to protect vulnerable populations and hold perpetrators accountable. We train advocates around the world and provide them with the skills and tools necessary to document human rights abuses and turn this information into effective action. Click to learn more.
University of California, Irvine Law School (Irvine, CA)
Type of program: Immigrant Rights Clinic
The Immigrant Rights Clinic represents individuals and organizations on critical issues affecting low-income immigrants in the region. Students work under the close supervision of experienced clinical faculty to provide pro bono resources on a range of legal issues, from detention and deportation matters to workplace exploitation and the protection of civil and constitutional rights of immigrants. Clinic students litigate on behalf of clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. They develop traditional lawyering skills, such as client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, legal drafting and trial presentation. In addition, modern legal practice demands problem-solving methods beyond those skills. Click to learn more.
Type or program: International Human Rights Clinic
The International Human Rights Clinic involves students in international and domestic litigation designed to enforce international human rights norms and establish precedents for future litigation. The primary goals of the litigation are to use international human rights norms within the U.S. legal system and to address international human rights violations committed by U.S. actors. Click to learn more.
Type of program: International Justice Clinic
The students in the International Justice Clinic work with activists, lawyers, diplomats, scholars and NGOs at home and around the world to develop and implement advocacy strategies concerning accountability for violations of human rights law. Clinic students pursue research, engage in on-the-ground fact finding, conduct interviews in cross-cultural settings and prepare written and oral reports of their findings. Students focus on oral and written advocacy, coalition building, legal research and legislative drafting. Click to learn more.
University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Type of program: UCLA International Institute
The UCLA International Institute educates students, supports scholarship on the world at UCLA and serves as a campus and community resource. With a history dating back to 1958, the Institute is the central hub for global and area studies on campus. Its more than 25 centers and programs support innovative multidisciplinary research on specific world regions and pressing global issues; its rigorous academic degree programs promote the study of globalization, international development, global health, and diverse regions of the world. Click to learn more.
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Type of program: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
As part of the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) is at the nexus of practice, policy and scholarship in peacebuilding and human rights. Since its founding in 2000, the IPJ has worked internationally to support individuals and organizations working to build more peaceful and just societies. Today, the IPJ is actively engaged in international peacebuilding work in Cambodia, Kenya and Nepal, and continues to respond to requests from international partners and colleagues to support local efforts in their communities. Click to learn more.
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Type of program: Institute for Global Health
The University of Southern California has a long legacy of promoting multidisciplinary collaboration. Its entrepreneurial environment propels bold, new solutions for the most intractable challenges facing society. Blending science, health and human rights with business, art, engineering, law, policy and more, the USC Institute for Global Health uses its unique position to foster the cross-pollination of ideas across the university. Click to learn more.
Schools in the U.S.
A central function of the Human Rights Council is to support and augment the existing human rights program at American University. The Council aims to highlight the scholarly work on human rights that are being produced by the faculty and students on the American University campus and the human rights activism students are involved on both campus grounds and abroad. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
American University Washington College of Law (WCL) established the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in 1990 as part of its long-standing commitment to international human rights and the rule of law. For over 20 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world. The Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, practitioners and activists through training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications. It provides a clearinghouse for the wide scope of activity concentrated on human rights and humanitarian law at WCL. Click to learn more.
Boston College (Boston, MA)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and International Justice
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs, applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners in the United States and abroad who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice. Click to learn more.
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Type of program: Watson Institute for International and Public Affair
The Watson Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners whose work aims to help us understand and address the world’s great challenges, such as globalization, economic uncertainty, security threats, environmental degradation, and poverty. Focusing on three main areas – development, security, and governance – the Institute leverages Brown’s tradition of true interdisciplinarity to foster innovative, policy-relevant scholarly activities. From the Americas to China, from the Middle East to South Asia, the strongest theoretical models emerge through observations and analysis in the field. Click to learn more.
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Type of program: Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
City University of New York (New York, NY)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies
The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies advances social justice and human dignity in an interdisciplinary fashion through the active involvement of faculty, students, and community in research and teaching. The Center builds on Lehman College’s unique history: the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights began at Lehman College when the United Nations met at the College. Lehman College students, often immigrants and the first in their families to access higher education, engender a broad understanding of human rights. The Center unites student and faculty engagement on local and global rights issues in New York and the greater world community. Click to learn more.
Type of program: CUNY Institute for Health Equity
A long-standing connection has been established between social determinants of health and subsequent rates of illness and death. New York City is no exception to these findings despite its wealth and standing as the most famed city in the world. The City’s overall health status and access to services remain disparate for many New Yorkers. The City University of New York (CUNY) has a unique opportunity to address these health inequities among the residents of New York City and to work toward the achievement of health equity. Click to learn more.
Clark University (Worcester, MA)
Type of program: Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Genocide, mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and their prevention stand at the core of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Home to a uniquely rich undergraduate program and a landmark doctoral program, the Strassler Center is the first and only institute of its kind. Since it was established in 1998, it has gained international standing as the sole program to train students for Ph.D. degrees in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. The Center’s growth and development demonstrate that a small research university can achieve excellence and broad regard with a flagship program. Click to learn more.
Columbia University (New York, NY)
Type of Program: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
The Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point of international human rights education, scholarship and practice at Columbia Law School. The Institute currently focuses on a number of key themes, and,throughout the year, hosts a wide array of symposia, lectures, and other events to bring practitioners and scholars together. Founded in 1998 by the late Professor Louis Henkin, the institute draws on the law school’s deep human rights tradition to support and influence human rights practice in the United States and throughout the world. The institute and the Human Rights Clinic have become increasingly integrated over the years, enabling us to multiply our impact on the field and engage students more fully in our work. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Institute for the Study of Human Rights
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) was established in 1978 at Columbia University. ISHR is committed to its three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world. ISHR was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights. Click to learn more.
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Type of program: International Human Rights Clinic
Students in the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic work on a wide array of human rights projects, including litigation before international tribunals, U.S. and foreign courts; advocacy before UN bodies; and the investigation and reporting of human rights violations. Clinic participants have filed both party and amicus briefs in U.S. state and federal courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court. They have also filed petitions and prepared reports for hearings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Through the International Human Rights Clinic, Cornell Law students have helped strengthen the rule of law in communities throughout the world. Click to learn more.
DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL)
Type of program: International Human Rights Law Institute
DePaul University College of Law challenges and enlightens students by placing the highest priority on innovative programs of instruction that include both traditional classroom theory and professional skills training. We are distinguished by our highly successful centers and institutes, which emphasize collaborative learning among students and faculty in advancing the law and serving justice. Located in a vibrant urban environment, the College of Law brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni committed to serving the public and the legal profession in ways that enhance the social, economic, cultural and ethical values in the broader community. Click to learn more.
Duke University (Durham, NC)
Type of program: Center for Child and Family Policy
At the Center for Child and Family Policy, we pursue science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. The Center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice through an integrated system of research, teaching, service and policy engagement. The Center conducted the largest violence-prevention study ever funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and is home to a large research effort focused on the biology and behavior underlying teen substance abuse, the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR). Policymakers, nonprofit organizations and others consult the Center regarding effective, evidence-based policies that can benefit children. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research
The Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research is an instigator and facilitator of a broad range of health policy and health disparities research that address policy relevant issues. Activities focus on population based health research, health systems research, and intervention and evaluation research. The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) fosters an interdisciplinary collaborative investigative environment that also seeks to educate Duke students by providing experiences in working with our research teams and through individual mentorship. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism
Whether they are grouped together as a “sector” of the economy, classified as a mode of behavior or studied as an orientation towards life, philanthropy and voluntary organizations are important phenomena worth serious attention. The Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism was created in 1986 to conduct scholarly research and expand the dialogue about these pursuits. The Center is part of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The school offers a professional master’s degree in public policy analysis and management as well as an undergraduate major in public policy. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Franklin Humanities Institute – Human Rights Center
The Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues. We put special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment and artistic responses in our teaching, programming and outreach. The Center is committed to the goal of social justice as well as the study and practice of accountability and reconciliation. Click to learn more.
Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Type of program: Institute of Human Rights
The Institute of Human Rights (IHR) at Emory seeks to advance the cause of human rights through educational, research and community awareness programs in parallel with the mission of the university. We engage representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as scholars and practitioners in dialogue about the use of rights based approaches. Our teaching programs include an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in human rights open to graduate students across the university and an undergraduate human rights program currently in development. Click to learn more.
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Type of program: Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
Are you interested in studying human rights or pursuing human rights advocacy? The Center provides a number of opportunities for students. You can take courses or compete for fully funded human rights internships all over the world. CAHR was established to promote the study of human rights at FSU in a broad number of academic disciplines. FSU students can choose from over 30 courses now available in multiple departments, including international programs. Click to learn more.
Fordham Law School (New York, NY)
Type of program: Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
One of the oldest and largest law school–based human rights programs, the Leitner Center, named in recognition of the Leitner Family, provides education and training to law students, facilitates capacity building and advocacy with activists and grassroots groups around the world, and contributes to critical research among scholars in international human rights. From its base at Fordham Law School in New York City, the Center develops long-term partnerships with local social justice organizations and other stakeholders across the globe. Through its pioneering programs, clinics, and education initiatives, the Leitner Center trains students to become international legal experts and impassioned human rights advocates. Click to learn more.
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Type of program: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
The mission of the Carr Center is to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. We train future leaders for careers in public service and apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our two goals are to train human rights practitioners to think and act more strategically and to draw on the best social science research to create human rights solutions. Since its founding in 1999 through a gift from Kennedy School alumnus Greg Carr, the Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
CHHIRJ addresses contemporary challenges in our increasingly multi-racial society. Our long-term goal is to ensure that every member of our society enjoys equal access to the opportunities, responsibilities and privileges of membership in the United States. The Institute serves as a critical bridge between scholarship, law, policy and practice and is well-positioned to bring together critical players from many spheres to devise and implement research-based solutions and remedies. Click to learn more.
Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Social Justice
The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice supports campus initiatives related to human rights and social justice, which play a prominent role in the mission and curriculum of Illinois Wesleyan University. These initiatives include: Peace Fellows Program; Scholars at Risk Advocacy Seminar; Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop; Annual Course Cluster. In addition, the CHRSJ sponsors prominent guest speakers and summer internships, and provides information about the graduate programs and prospective NGO opportunities in the human rights field. Click to learn more.
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Type of program: Center for Civil Society Studies
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Our mission is bringing the tools of public health research to fulfill the rights of the world’s most disadvantaged people to health and human dignity. We investigate the impact of human rights abrogations on the health of populations and develop rights-based approaches to public health challenges. We endeavor to bring the tools of population-based sciences to bear on complex health and rights interactions. And we brings human rights law to bear on some of the great challenges to human dignity and public health, from exclusion of marginalized people from services to the protection of health workers in war to the prevention of torture. Click to learn more.
Kean University (Union, NJ)
Type of program: Human Rights Institute
The Human Rights Institute (HRI) at Kean University broadens the university’s longstanding efforts to promote the awareness of human rights issues and violations across the globe, and to develop initiatives designed to help eradicate these atrocities and their root causes. As the leader in teacher education in New Jersey, Kean University is well positioned to make a significant impact through our network of educators in shaping the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders at an impressionable age. The HRI’s groundbreaking work is recognized as a major regional and national resource for developing curricula, seminars and other materials aimed at promoting understanding and tolerance across ethnic, racial, religious and other barriers and inspiring action. Click to learn more.
New York University School of Law (New York, NY)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is the hub of human rights study at New York University School of Law, the top-ranked program for international law in the country and one of the premier law schools in the world. CHRGJ’s location in New York – home of the United Nations and of many human rights NGOs – puts us in a unique position to be at the physical and conceptual intersection of human rights scholarship and practice. Having built a reputation for our academic and clinical work in an array of human rights subjects – including counter-terrorism; corporate abuses; caste discrimination; gender-based violence; economic, social, and cultural rights; and extrajudicial executions – CHRGJ is redefining its position at the crossroads of advocacy and scholarship. Click to learn more.
New York University Stern School of Business (New York, NY)
Type of program: Center for Business and Human Rights
The Center takes on the most pressing issues at the intersection of business and human rights. Global companies are central players in either improving or eroding respect for human rights. This is especially true when they operate in states with weak institutions and rule of law. In each aspect of our work, our focus is on how companies address human rights challenges in their core business operations.We start from the premise that sector-specific approaches to improve human rights make companies more sustainable, predictable, and profitable over the long term. Click to learn more.
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Type of program: Center for International Human Rights
The Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) is highly esteemed for its deep commitment to and success in securing human rights for countless individuals around the globe. The Center also plays a vital role in Northwestern University School of Law’s expanding international programs. Essential efforts focus on researching and addressing emerging human rights issues as they occur, as well as providing valuable clinical experiences for students interested in the protection of human rights on a global scale. Click to learn more.
Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN)
Type of program: Center for Civil and Human Rights
The freedom and dignity of all persons is manifest in the rich diversity of human cultures and religious beliefs of the human family. However, this freedom and dignity can be protected adequately only where human rights are honored and the rule of law prevails. The Center for Civil and Human Rights strives to build a culture of rights through legal education as part of the University’s commitment to living the gospel in a diverse world. Click to learn more.
Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA)
Type of program: Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law
Regent University School of Law has stepped forward to equip Christian advocates to promote the rule of law and seek justice for the world’s downtrodden—the poor, the oppressed, and the enslaved—and to serve and support those already engaged in such advocacy. To fulfill its dual mission, the Center sponsors a wide variety of classroom and experiential courses at Regent; provides students with funded internships and work on issues such as combating human trafficking, advancing the rule of law, protecting children, and securing religious freedom; and sponsors numerous special events including panel discussions, film screenings, CLE programs, symposia and more. Click to learn more.
Rutgers University- Newark (Newark, NJ)
Type of program: Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights
Human rights concepts, institutions, and mechanisms have emerged as one of the key safeguards of the modern era. The Human Rights and Humanitarianism Program seeks to enhance our understanding of human rights while actively linking theory and practice. Accordingly, the program has a fourfold goal: advancing scholarship and research on human rights, promoting human rights educational programming, and providing students with the opportunity to turn theory into practice through living-learning community experiences. Click to learn more.
SUNY Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
Type of program: Buffalo Human Rights Center
As the focal point for human rights work at the School of Law, the Buffalo Human Rights Center fosters coursework, research, scholarship and direct engagement in human rights among faculty and students. Providing direction and vision to the study and practice of international human rights law, it is conceived on the premise that scholarship and action are inseparable. Throughout the year, the center also organizes speakers, conferences, films and symposia with leading human rights thinkers and practitioners. Click to learn more.
Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights
The Center for Human Rights provides research and educational opportunities for the integration of biblical principles and international human rights laws. The Center provides a forum for students and faculty to explore the nature of God and man, as well as the rights, duties and obligations that flow from that relationship. The Center supports the Human Rights courses taught at Trinity Law School, funds Research Fellowships, and organizes and promotes international and domestic Human Rights programs. Click to learn more.
Tufts University (Medford, MA)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
The Center was established in 2000 to promote active collaboration and exchange among academics and practitioners working the fields of human rights and conflict resolution. CHRCR advances and supports an interdisciplinary approach to peace-building. Though human rights and conflict resolution embody different approaches, organizations in these fields have each engaged intensively in international peace-building efforts. These efforts broadly encompass the wide range of activities undertaken to end violence and promote sustainable peace and justice, ranging from fact-finding and report-writing to advocacy, mediation, training, and capacity-building. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Tisch College is a catalyst for active citizenship at Tufts and is the only university-wide program of its kind. By continuously developing and introducing new active citizenship programming in collaboration with Tufts schools, departments, and student groups, Tisch College builds a culture of active citizenship throughout the university. This entrepreneurial approach grows the university’s capacity for engagement, and allows the college to reach every student at all of Tufts’ schools. Click to learn more.
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Type of program: Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights. The Pozen Center supports rigorous liberal arts, graduate, and professional school curricula that combine foundational research with practice-oriented training, including a Study Abroad program in Vienna, Austria, a two quarter Civilizations Core sequence, and a Minor in the College, summer student internships with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and international human rights bodies in the U.S. and across the world, and much more. Click to learn more.
University of Cincinnati School of Law (Cincinnati. OH)
Type of program: Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
For three decades, the Urban Morgan Institute has educated and trained human rights lawyers, who promote and protect human rights in the international arena. Established at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979, the Institute now serves as a model for many other human rights programs. The Urban Morgan Institute offers many opportunities, both inside the classroom and beyond, for students who are interested in international law and human rights. Click to learn more.
University of Connecticut School of Law (Storrs-Mansfield, CT)
Type of program: Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
In the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, law students handle every aspect of representation in high-stakes cases that determine whether a client who has fled political, religious or other persecution in his or her home country will be granted asylum in the United States. In this intensive, one-semester program, students develop their legal skills and learn to exercise professional responsibility and judgment. They deepen their understanding of human rights issues while providing an essential service to clients desperately in need of representation. Click to learn more.
University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
Type of program: Human Rights Center
The University of Dayton Human Rights Center creates positive change through research, education and dialogue. As a leader in the global human rights community, we search for transformative solutions to systemic patterns of injustice that will bring about real change in the lives of poor people. We are committed to addressing the gap between theory and practice, between scholars and practitioners. Advocates need information to be able to develop evidence-based strategies that bring about real change. We provide this research as we build on the legacy of the University’s innovative Human Rights Studies Program and Catholic social tradition. Click to learn more.
University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Type of program: Center on Rights Development
The Center on Rights Development (CORD) was established at the University of Denver in 1988 as part of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. CORD promotes universal recognition of human rights in all societies by cultivating a deeper understanding of the issues implementation by the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) through events and education, as well as global and local partnership. Click to learn more.
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights
Affiliated with the University of Iowa’s College of Law, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has as its mission the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad through distinguished multidisciplinary leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to The University of Iowa, its surrounding communities, the State of Iowa, and beyond. To this end, it attends to all categories of human rights, including “first generation” civil and political rights, but gives special attention to “second generation” economic, social, and cultural rights and “third generation” community or group rights. Click to learn more.
University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, FL)
Type of program: Human Rights Clinic
The Human Rights Clinic, which launched in January 2011, exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, and international levels. In the classroom, students critically engage with human rights law and contemporary social problems while honing their lawyering and advocacy skills. Outside the classroom, students gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge human rights projects and cases before the United Nations, the Inter-American human rights system, U.S. courts, and in other fora. Click to learn more.
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Type of program: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS)
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. Three concepts form the core of CHGS’s approach: remembrance, responsibility and progress. Promoting awareness of past genocides and gaining understanding of the causes and devastating consequences of mass violence are essential components of commitment to the prevention of future atrocities. CHGS collaborates and shares expertise and resources with centers, departments and individual faculty members at the University of Minnesota, across the United States and with international academic institutions. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Global Studies Institute
The Institute for Global Studies prepares students for global citizenship by providing unique opportunities in undergraduate education. Global Studies majors have the flexibility to explore a wide variety of disciplines while integrating this knowledge with a rigorous core curriculum. Minors in Global Studies allow students to tailor a subspecialization to complement their major course of study. Most global studies students study abroad at least once as an undergraduate through programs offered by the University’s Learning Abroad Center, a May term practicum, or direct exchange programs. IGS also works with departments across the College of Liberal Arts to support innovative curricular development by faculty designed to broaden opportunities for global education. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Law School Human Rights Center
The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights. The Human Rights Center was founded on December 10, 1988, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works at the nexus of scholarship and practice in the human rights field, seeking to maximize the effectiveness of human rights advocates. Click to learn more.
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies
The University of North Dakota (UND) Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHARGES) has its origins in projects dedicated to preserving and making available to the public archives related to massive human rights violations. CHARGES has been working as a multidisciplinary program to facilitate research and teaching across disciplines at UND. In particular, CHARGES has worked to increase human rights course offerings on campus and raise awareness regarding existing courses. Currently, CHARGES is in the process creating a special cross-disciplinary course for UND’s Honor’s Program. Click to learn more.
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Southern Mississippi is founded to advance the principle of “liberty and justice for all,” both here and abroad. The Center is committed to excellence in education and in preparing its students to translate classroom knowledge into action in a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. The Center’s faculty is devoted to providing an academic home for an interdisciplinary minor in human rights and civil liberties. Click to learn more.
University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Type of program: Center for Women’s & Gender Studies
The mission of the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies is to create committed communities that address the challenges faced in the areas of gender, sexuality, diversity, and equity. We recognize that ending gender discrimination requires ending the related discriminations against disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. We foster communities of scholars, teachers and advocates inside and outside The University of Texas at Austin through interdisciplinary research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, social advocacy, and community partnerships. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
The Rapoport Center’s mission is to serve as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. Lawyers and law students work side by side with scholars and practitioners across disciplines that include anthropology, sociology, government, fine arts, and public policy. The Center’s motto is “Partners for Change at the Intersection of Academics and Advocacy,” representing its unique position as an academic center that not only works across disciplines, but also collaborates with communities outside the academy with the aim of producing innovative and enduring change in the lives of marginalized individuals and groups. Click to learn more.
University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, VA)
Type of program: Human Rights Program
Protecting human rights is the foundation of law. The Human Rights Program at the University of Virginia allows students to explore the range of opportunities available in the human rights field, at home and abroad, through hands-on experiences. The program is the hub for human rights activities at the Law School, and cooperates with student groups, faculty members, the Public Service Center and Career Services, and human rights organizations to coordinate speakers, events, summer and postgraduate employment, and pro bono opportunities. Click here to learn more.
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Type of program: Center for Human Rights
The University of Washington Center for Human Rights is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of human rights; promoting human rights as a core area of faculty and graduate research; and engaging productively with local, regional, national, and international organizations and policymakers to advance respect for human rights. Everything the program does is conducted through partnership with organizations on the front lines of global human rights struggles. The Center places the resources of the university at the service of real-world social change, and we evaluate our success in terms of practical accomplishments for justice. Click to learn more.
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
Type of program: Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy
The Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy at the University of Wyoming College of Law provides opportunities for students to engage with global human rights issues. Since the Center’s founding in August 2010, Wyoming students have represented individuals fleeing persecution in asylum proceedings, promoted the rights of women and girls in Mozambique and Cambodia, and advised lawmakers in Uganda on best practices relating to oil governance, among other projects. The Center facilitates internship opportunities, coordinates speakers, and houses the law school’s international experiential learning program. The Center also incorporates course offerings at the College of Law, including: International Human Rights Law, Public International Law and Immigration Law. Click to learn more.
Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT)
Type of program: Center for Applied Human Rights
The Center for Applied Human Rights at Vermont Law School provides opportunities for research and advocacy training on cutting-edge issues in human rights law and policy. The Center also serves as a focal point for human rights-related events at the law school. Students who work as Human Rights Fellows hone their skills and deepen their understanding of international law as they engage in projects for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) under the supervision of Professor Stephanie Farrior. Through hands-on learning experience, students gain exposure to real-world issues of human rights theory and practice, interact directly with international organizations and grassroots rights advocates, and build their professional network. Click to learn more.
Webster University (St. Louis, MO)
Type of program: Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies
The Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies combines support for teaching, research, and service to promote global citizenship among its students, staff, and alumni. Human rights are the foundation for global civil society, and the Institute is an important resource for spurring positive change and inspiring future leaders. Webster University’s global footprint provides valuable opportunities for the Institute to serve as a leading center for human rights education. Around the world, the University is advancing the study of international human rights issues, as well as advocacy for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights. Click to learn more.
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Type of program: Yale Law School: The Orville H Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School was founded in 1989 to honor the late Orville H. Schell, Jr., a distinguished lawyer, vice chairman of Helsinki Watch, and chairman of Americas Watch from its founding in 1981 until his death in 1987. The Schell Center coordinates a diverse program of human rights activities that serve students and scholars at Yale and contribute to the development of the human rights community locally and internationally. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Yale Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights
The new Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights offers Yale undergraduates the opportunity to explore human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective, providing students with the analytical and practical skills necessary for human rights study and human rights-related careers. The Program connects students to faculty and peers with similar interests, supports student research projects and internship opportunities, and offers coherent career guidance in the field. Click to learn more.
Yeshiva University- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Type of program: Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights
The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights is at the forefront of strengthening laws, norms and institutions to prevent mass atrocities by using a systematic 3-part strategy: prevent, protect, and rebuild. Today, the Institute maintains its original purpose while expanding to meet complex and ever-evolving challenges in mass atrocity prevention and response. Remembering the Holocaust demands being responsive to the future world. With compassion for victims of the Holocaust and mass atrocities, we are dedicated to “paying it forward.” Maturing from a scholarly program into an institute with practical tools, we implement change to prevent and respond to mass atrocities. Click to learn more.
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland)
Type of program: M.A. in Transnational Justice, Executive Masters or LL.M.
The Geneva Academy provides post-graduate education, conducts academic legal research and policy studies, and organizes training courses and expert meetings. We concentrate on branches of international law that relate to situations of armed conflict, protracted violence, and protection of human rights. Our scientific research focuses on clarifying IHL, strengthening human rights protection, and developing the areas of complementarity between international humanitarian law and international human rights law. In these areas, the Geneva Academy makes a specific contribution to policy development and debate, in government and among scholars and practitioners. Click to learn more.
London School of Economics and Political Science (London, England)
Type of program: Centre for the Study of Human Rights
The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE is a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence for international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on human rights. The Centre is a place that attracts world-class academics and outstanding scholars, and one that has been home to highly-qualified and committed students from across the world and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The Centre is a place for academics, policy-makers and practitioners to engage with robust academic research that strengthens knowledge, analysis and understanding of contemporary human rights issues, including social, economic and political issues related to human rights. Click to learn more.
McGill University (Quebec, Canada)
Type of program: Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism
The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is a focal point for innovative legal and interdisciplinary research, dialogue and outreach on issues of human rights and legal pluralism. The Centre’s mission is to provide students, professors and the wider community with a locus of intellectual and physical resources for engaging critically with how law impacts upon some of the compelling social problems of our modern era. Click to learn more.
University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England)
Type of program: Centre of Governance and Human Rights
POLIS launched the Centre of Governance and Human Rights in late 2009 as an outward focused multi-disciplinary research endeavour strongly committed to advancing thought and practice within areas of critical importance to global justice and human well-being in the twenty-first century. The Centre aims to be widely valued as a dynamic, innovative and collaborative research network with proven expertise in core thematic areas, that produces high quality scholarly outputs drawn upon by the academy as well as policymakers and practitioners. Click to learn more.
University of Essex (Essex, England)
Type of program: Human Rights Centre
Established in 1982, the University of Essex Human Rights Centre enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence, and our 2000 graduates – known as the ‘Essex mafia’ – work to promote and protect human rights around the world. We established the first postgraduate course in international human rights law in the UK in 1983, and we were amongst the first to introduce an expanded suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the early years of the new millennium. Through our research and practice, we influence and set human rights agendas and make concrete differences at the international, regional, and national level. Through our education we produce the next generation of human rights leaders throughout the world. Click to learn more.
University of Graz (Graz, Austria)
Type of program: European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy of the University Graz (UNI-ETC)
The European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz (Uni-ETC) was established in 2009. Located at the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz, it is active in interdisciplinary research, teaching and science-to-public activities in human rights. The Centre is a clearing-house for human rights at the University of Graz and hosts the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security. Click to learn more.
University of London School of Advanced Study (London, England)
Type of program: Institute of Commonwealth Studies- Human Rights Consortium
The Human Rights Consortium was established to facilitate and promote research in human rights in the UK and internationally by organising and supporting academic, policy and practice-oriented events on human rights; disseminating research on human rights; fostering national and international networks of human rights academics; hosting visiting fellows working in human rights; contributing to the training of research students working on human rights; enhancing the teaching and learning environment for graduate students; raising funds in support of human rights research and research support. The Human Rights Consortium is hosted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study. Click to learn more.
University of Nottingham (Nottingham, England)
Type of program: Human Rights Law Centre
The Human Rights Law Centre is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law worldwide. It carries out its work by means of research, training, publications and capacity building. It collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organisations, academics, students and civil society, and has implemented programmes worldwide. Since its establishment in 1993, the Centre’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law has grown to accommodate the key human rights challenges experienced in our increasingly globalised world. Click to learn more.
University of Winnipeg Global College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Type of program: Institute for International Women’s Rights
The Institute for International Women’s Rights provides opportunities for research, learning, dialogue, and action on Women’s Rights in collaboration with groups and organizations within the university, such as the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, and in the larger community, such as the Winnipeg branch of UNIFEM. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Ridd Institute for Religion & Global Policy
In keeping with the foundational principles of The Global College of The University of Winnipeg, The Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy is a nexus in which the academy, policy makers and the community may converge and engage in research, action and dialogue to “mend the world.” In its 7 year history, the Ridd Institute has made substantial contributions to the life of the University and the wider community, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Click to learn more.
Type of program: Spring & Summer Institutes
This intensive jump start course is designed to introduce students, in a range of disciplines and students entering university, to challenges and opportunities in global to local human rights, by cultivating foundational skills for academic success. In both classroom and community settings, students explore global issues using the city as our human rights ‘campus’ through current news items, literature, and social analysis from diverse perspectives, shaped by research expertise in Global College. Click to learn more.
University of Warwick (Coventry, UK)
Type of program: Centre for Human Rights in Practice
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice was created in 2006 to provide a focus for academics, students, practitioners and activists who wish to advance the study and promotion of human rights at local, national and international levels. The Centre sponsors a variety of projects, including Writing Wrongs; Human Rights, Equality and Public Spending Cuts; International Economic Governance and Human Rights; Protest; Human Rights Education; European Human Rights and Access to Justice. Click to learn more.
University of York (York, England)
Type of program: Centre for Applied Human Rights
The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre. It is a friendly community of scholars and visiting practitioners who have a shared focus on the real world challenges of putting human rights into practice and protecting human rights defenders at risk. A focus on human rights defending and defenders shapes all the Centre’s work. The Centre is both genuinely interdisciplinary and committed to practice. The work of the Centre is international in breadth and draws on the University of York’s rich tradition of rigorous and engaged scholarship in the fields of development, post-war reconstruction, public policy, public health, disability rights, gender and women’s rights, environmental issues, and refugee law. Click to learn more.