Special Initiatives


Addressing current human rights concerns at local, state, and international levels

The Carr Center’s work includes a range of special initiatives focused on critical and compelling human rights concerns, including migration, trafficking, torture, transitional justice, humanitarian crises, LGBTQ rights, corruption, and shrinking civil society space. These initiatives are responsive to current events and are reflected in the work of our fellows, student experiential learning and funding, conferences and seminars, and the Center’s podcast.

The Carr Center plays a national and international  role in developing and disseminating non-partisan, evidence-based, inter-disciplinary research and policy analysis; creating opportunities for cross-sector and cross-issue convening and collaboration; and offering a human rights perspective on public policy problems.  Based at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Carr Center is in a unique position to leverage the convening power of Harvard and bring together unlikely allies in building opportunities for deliberation and collaboration.

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Upcoming Events

2021 Nov 03

2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics

Wed - Thu, Nov 3 to Nov 4, 9:00am - 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Recent advances in the capability of digital information technologies—particularly due to advances in artificial intelligence—have invigorated the debate on the ethical issues surrounding their use. However, this debate has often been dominated by ‘Western’ ethical perspectives, values and interests, to the exclusion of broader ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. Against this backdrop, the 2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics will bring together a range of cultural, social and structural perspectives on the ethical issues relating to digital information technologies, with...

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2021 Dec 03

A Tribute to John Ruggie

9:00am to 10:15am


Virtual Event (Registration to Follow)

Join us for a tribute to the profound life and work of John Ruggie, whose efforts to create the United Nations Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have made the world a more equal and just place.

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  • Mary Ruggie | Former Adjunct Professor, Harvard University
  • Mary Robinson | Former President of Ireland; Adjunct Professor on Climate Justice, Trinity College
  • Rachel...
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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt