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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Latest Publications

Can Technology deliver freedoms for India’s poor?

Can Technology deliver freedoms for India’s poor?

Abstract:

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

Citation:

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

Abstract:

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

Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms.

Citation:

Marlese von Broembsen, Jenna Harvey, and Marty Chen. 3/5/2019. Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms. . Carr Center Discussion Paper Series. 2019004th ed. Cambridge: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. See full text.
Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms.

Abstract:

Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms Carr Center Discussion Paper: 

Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the labour rights violations in global supply chains, and indeed the governance of global supply chains, has become a pressing global issue. This paper evaluates key existing global and national supply chain governance mechanisms from the perspective of the most vulnerable workers in supply chains—informal homeworkers.

Read the full paper here: https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/files/cchr/files/ccdp_2019_004_realizing_rights.pdf

: Martha Chen et al. | Mar 5 2019
: Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh four years ago, the labour rights violations in global supply chains, and indeed the governance of global supply chains, has become a pressing global issue.
Last updated on 02/07/2020
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Upcoming Events

2021 Oct 26

Digital Weapons: How Cyber Arms Proliferation Threatens Human Rights

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and...

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2021 Oct 28

Critical Race Theory

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for one of its signature series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, drawing upon the famous quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” The fall series will focus on the intersection of racial, economic, and social justice in the United States. Information on how to access the event can...

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2021 Nov 02

Why We Need AI Ethics with Dr. John Tasioulas

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and...

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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