The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy serves as the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in the human rights domain. The center embraces a dual mission: to educate students and the next generation of leaders from around the world in human rights policy and practice; and to convene and provide policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses.

 

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70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

Kennedy School Hosts Discussion Honoring 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

October 11, 2018

The Kennedy School held a discussion featuring University of Virginia Professor James B. Loeffler ’96 Wednesday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Declaration, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, articulates legal and moral principles for “fundamental human rights to be universally protected.” While legally non-binding, the document has been frequently cited as a basis for international agreements and domestic laws.

Wednesday’s discussion —...

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Mathias Risse, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration, named Faculty Director of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

October 9, 2018

Cambridge, MA—Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced that Mathias Risse, the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration, will serve as the Faculty Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Risse’s work and research is focused on the intersection of philosophy and public policy. His research addresses many...

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The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20: Looking Back and Looking Forward.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20: Looking Back and Looking Forward.

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The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Symposium Report.

 

Mathias Risse, Faculty Director of the Carr Center, and Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, opened the conference with welcoming remarks. Risse noted that 2018 was a year of anniversaries, not only the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute but also the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man, an occasion both for celebration and for critical reflection. Sikkink also noted the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute was a moment to reflect and remember, looking backward to take stock with an eye toward moving justice forward in the future.

 

: Mathias Risse | Apr 4 2019
: The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Symposium Report.
: See the full symposium report.
Last updated on 04/01/2021

Can Technology deliver freedoms for India’s poor?

Can Technology deliver freedoms for India’s poor?

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Talk given by Carr Center's Senior Fellow Salil Shetty at TechFest IIT Bombay.

"My talk today is addressed to concerned citizens who are not experts on the subject. Many of the issues I am touching on require a much more complex and nuanced treatment but this talk is deliberately taking a simpler narrative."

Read Salil Shetty's complete presentation here: https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/files/cchr/files/can_tech_salil_shetty_01.pdf

: Salil Shetty | Dec 16 2018
: "The India I left is clearly very different from the India I have returned to..."
Last updated on 02/07/2020

Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

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Joseph Nye. 4/2/2019. Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump. Carr Center Discussion Paper Series. 2019005th ed. Cambridge: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. See full text.
Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

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This working paper is a transcription of a talk given by Joseph Nye for the Carr Center's Fierce Urgency of Now lecture series. 

 

: Joseph Nye | Apr 2 2019
: This working paper is a transcription of a talk given by Joseph Nye for a Carr Center lecture series. 
Last updated on 02/07/2020
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“The Carr Center is building a bridge between ideas on human rights and the practice on the ground. Right now we are at a critical juncture. The pace of technological change and the rise of authoritarian governments are both examples of serious challenges to the flourishing of individual rights. It’s crucial that Harvard and the Kennedy School continue to be a major influence in keeping human rights ideals alive. The Carr Center is a focal point for this important task.”

 

- Mathias Risse