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...
The Carr Center is delighted to welcome Mark Fallon, the author of Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon and US Government Conspired to Torture, to discuss his book and work with the US Government.
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...
Faculty members at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy published a series of groundbreaking books in 2017, addressing diverse policy issues from the role of women in Rwanda's post-conflict reconciliation; the prevalence of human trafficking and modern slavery; to making human rights work in the 21st century.
Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy Kathryn Sikkink, ...
IGA 227 - Insurgents, Terrorists, and Violence: Causes and Consequences of Civil War
Faculty: Dara Kay Cohen
Why do civil wars begin? What motivates the members of armed groups, including rebel groups and terrorist organizations? When and how do civil wars end? What are the social and economic consequences of war? In this course, we will consider major questions about civil war, terrorism, and the use of violence by armed groups. We begin with a review of theoretical constructs, then turn to a series of debates...
On 19 and 20 October, a group of 17 graduate students and fellows visited New York City as part of a Carr Center for Human Rights Policy delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
With more than 70 applications, competition was fierce across the University. Representing the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, students and fellows from...
The Carr Center is delighted to welcome former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (moderator), Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Public Policy at HKS Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and Chantal Kayitesi, co-founder of AVEGA-AGAHOZO Rwandan widows’ advocacy organization, to discuss Ambassador Hunt’s new book, “Rwandan Women Rising.”
The panelists will explore the model for sustainable peace and security that Rwandan women have created for the rest of the world.
The Carr Center is delighted to host Martha Chen and Marlese Broembsen to discuss their new paper exploring solutions to address violations of the rights of homeworkers.
Chen and Broembsen will argue that realizing labor rights for homeworkers requires overlapping human rights instruments at multiple levels, including: strong movements of informal workers, and the participation of homeworker organizations in the design and implementation of these instruments.
Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein-219, Harvard Kennedy School
Join the third session of Sherman Teichman and Professor Nikos Passas' study group, examining transnational kleptocratic networks.
The study group will feature Sarah Chayes, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as a guest speaker. Chayes is the author of "Thieves of State" and a leading expert in the field.