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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Discrimination, Cognitive Biases and Human Rights Violations

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Mathias Risse. 4/5/2019. Discrimination, Cognitive Biases and Human Rights Violations. Carr Center Discussion Paper Series. 2019006th ed. Cambridge: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. See full text.
Discrimination, Cognitive Biases and Human Rights Violations

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Mathias Risse outlines his presentation at the First Colloquium on Discrimination, Cognitive Biases and Human Rights at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), on November 15th, 2018. 

 

: Mathias Risse | Apr 5 2019
: Mathias Risse discusses the connections between discrimination, cognitive biases and human rights violations.
Last updated on 02/04/2020

Democracy, Political Crisis, and Constitutional Jurisdiction

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Luís Roberto Barroso and Aline Osorio. 1/2019. “Democracy, Political Crisis, and Constitutional Jurisdiction.” In Judicial Power: How Constitutional Courts Affect Political Transformation, Pp. 163-182. Cambridge University Press. See full text.
Democracy, Political Crisis, and Constitutional Jurisdiction

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Read Justice Luis Roberto Barroso's latest chapter on Judicial Power: How Constitutional Courts Affect Political Transformation. 
 
: Luis Roberto Barroso et al.| Jan 2019
: Judicial Power: How Constitutional Courts Affect Political Transformation
Last updated on 02/01/2020

Countermajoritarian, Representative, and Enlightened: The Roles of Constitutional Courts in Democracies

Countermajoritarian, Representative, and Enlightened: The Roles of Constitutional Courts in Democracies

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Justice Luis Roberto Barroso's latest article on Countermajoritarian, Representative, and Enlightened: The Roles of Constitutional Courts in Democracies.

The primary purpose of this article is to examine the roles of constitutional courts in contemporary democracies. It aims to demonstrate that such courts perform, in addition to the countermajoritarian role traditionally recognized in constitutional theory, two other roles: representative and, occasionally, enlightened. In the construction of the argument, the Article analyzes the phenomena of the judicialization of politics and judicial activism, as well as the issue of the difficult demarcation of the border between law and politics in the complex and plural societies of today. Although it presents several examples of the constitutional experience of the United States, the Article’s conclusions are generalizable, looking at the roles of constitutional courts from the perspective of a global constitutionalism whose categories have become common practice in the democracies of the world.

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: Luis Roberto Barroso | April 04 2019
: Examining the roles of constitutional courts in contemporary democracies.
Last updated on 02/04/2020
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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