Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the U.S.


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10:00am to 11:30am


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for the release of our report on Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States. We'll discuss the historical context in which this project was framed, recent developments around rollbacks and movements for expansion of rights, and policy recommendations for building a more robust commitment to rights and responsibilities around six broad areas, including equal protection and due process.  We'll also discuss results from our public opinion poll and townhalls across the United States, conducted with support from the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.


  • Alberto J. Mora |  Former General Counsel of the U.S. Navy; American Bar Association's Associate, Executive Director for Global Programs; former Senior Fellow, Carr Center;
  • John Shattuck | Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Senior Fellow, Carr Center and Project Lead; 
  • Martha Minow |  300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University.
  • Sushma Raman | Executive Director, Carr Center 
  • Mathias Risse (Moderator) | Faculty Director, Carr Center 

Alberto J. Mora is the American Bar Association's Associate Executive Director for Global Programs. In this capacity, he directs the ABA's global Rule of Law Initiative, oversees the ABA's Human Rights Center, and coordinates the ABA's relationship with the United Nations and specialized agencies and functions. Mora's career includes broad experience in the law, government, industry, and academia. He joined the ABA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a resident Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights policy, a relationship he maintains albeit as a non-resident fellow. At the Kennedy School, Mora led a three-year research program to assess the policy costs and consequences of the U.S. use of torture in the war on terror and taught a graduate-level course on this subject.

John Shattuck is Professor of Practice in Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, a Senior Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and chairs the international advisory board of the Center on Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University.  Shattuck comes to the Carr Center after a distinguished career spanning more than three decades in higher education, international diplomacy, foreign policy and human rights. Shattuck served as the President and Rector of Central European University, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a national public affairs center in Boston, and Senior Fellow at Tufts University, where he taught human rights and international relations.

Martha Minow is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. She has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict. Minow served on the Independent International Commission Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies.

Sushma Raman is the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She brings over two decades of global experience launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives, building capabilities of grassroots human rights organizations and their leaders, and teaching graduate courses in the public policy schools at UCLA, USC, and Harvard Kennedy School. Sushma has worked at the Ford Foundation, where she helped launch and scale social justice and women’s funds around the world, and at the Open Society Foundation, where she was a Program Officer on the founding staff for US Programs. Sushma is the co-author, along with Bill Schulz (former executive director of Amnesty International USA and Carr Center Senior Fellow), of the book The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, released by Harvard University Press in June 2020. This forward-looking book examines the coming changes to the human rights landscape and argues that rights must adapt to new technological and scientific realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance.

Mathias Risse is the Faculty Director at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His work primarily addresses questions of global justice ranging from human rights, inequality, taxation, trade and immigration to climate change, obligations to future generations and the future of technology. He has also worked on questions in ethics, decision theory and 19th century German philosophy, especially Nietzsche. Risse is the author of On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy. On Global Justice is known for introducing the "grounds-of-justice" approach to global political thought. Global Political Philosophy is an introduction to political thought from a global standpoint rather than the more typical state-focused perspective. Risse is the co-author of On Trade Justice: A Philosophical Plea for a New Global Deal, published by Oxford University Press (with Gabriel Wollner). His next book is On Justice: Philosophy, History, Foundations, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. 

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.


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