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Call for Papers: Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms

February 3, 2018

On April 2nd and 3rd, 2018, the George Washington University in Washington, DC will host “Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms.” The conference is sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the World Bank, and George Washington University. Conference participants will consider the effects of disinformation on peacebuilding and on efforts to document human rights abuse and war crimes. They will also consider disinformation’s effects on global economic development and governance...

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Carr Center Speaker Series - The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018

February 2, 2018

The Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be facilitated by Professor Mathias Risse.

At the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr spoke of “the fierce urgency of now,” the need for immediate, “vigorous and positive action” on civil rights. This year, the Carr Center will host a series of talks...

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Study Group: Spring 2018, Metamorphosis - New Rights On The Horizon

January 16, 2018

Rights are not static things. They don’t stay the same from generation to generation but evolve and change depending on changing norms and circumstances. In a sense, they adapt to history. This is an unpopular notion. Most human rights advocates understandably fear that, if long-fought-for rights are not grounded in the bedrock of such things as natural law or inherent human dignity, they may be subject to disregard or even repeal. As we will argue, rights represent a description of the good society, a society that protects and advances its members’ “lives, liberties, and pursuit of...

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Study Group: Confronting Corruption in Defense of Human Rights

January 16, 2018

Carr Center Senior Fellow Sherman Teichman and Co-Convener Professor Nikos Passas will convene the second semester of their study group, exploring the relationship between corruption and human rights. Download the study group brochure here.

The objective of this study group is to deepen and expand our understanding of the links between...

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