Research

Study Group: Confronting Corruption in Defense of Human Rights

September 10, 2017

Through four initial sessions, this study group will establish the transnational nature of corruption networks, examining in particular the alliance between kleptocratic regimes, international criminal organizations, global finance, and private industry. These networks – enabled by a worldwide clandestine pipeline for pilfered resources, embezzled funds, and bribery money – violate human rights by siphoning the wealth of nations, destroying environments, and depriving the commonwealth of goods and services that by rights belongs to ordinary citizens. The study group will also explore...

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Study Group: Human Dignity Under Attack -- Exploring New Ways to Prevent and Repress Modern Slavery

September 10, 2017

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Carr for Human Rights Policy invite you to join a study group on innovations in the fight against human trafficking. The study group, which will meet five times this semester, is convened and moderated by Herman Bolhaar, Former Attorney-General of The Netherlands and Senior Fellow at the Ash Center.

Our first study group will feature Professor Amy Farrell, Associate Director and Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University....

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Database: Human Rights Classes, Fall 2017

August 19, 2017

The Carr Center has compiled a database of some of the most exciting and challenging human rights courses on offer across Harvard graduate schools for the Fall 2017 & J-Term 2018 semesters: 

 

EDU A816 – Education in Armed Conflict

This course examines the multidimensional and multidirectional relationships between armed conflict and education. How can education contribute to the work of building "lasting peace" in settings...

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JOHUD, Jordan

Building Social Cohesion through Education and Empowerment

July 10, 2017

Malika Noor Mehta and Stephanie Kuei received support from the Carr Center to travel to Jordan for their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), working with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) to build social cohesion between Syrian refugee and Jordanian youth.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than half of the country’s population has been forcibly displaced.

Jordan plays a leading role in...

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2016 Nov 03

The Future of Human Rights: Technology and Fact-Finding in the 21st Century

Registration Closed(All day)

Location: 

Allison Dining Room Taubman 520 (Keynote in NYE A, Taubman)

The Future of Human Rights: Technology and Fact-Finding in the 21st Century, hosted at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on November 3rd and 4th, to strengthen technical collaboration among stakeholders working on issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. It will...

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Guantanamo

Carr Center's Research Team featured in Foreign Affairs

September 21, 2016

The Carr Center's "Strategic Consequences of Torture" project was recently featured in Foreign Affairs Magazine. In the article, Carr Center's research team, Douglas A. Johnson, Alberto Mora, and Averell Schmidt argue that "a truly comprehensive assessment (of torture) would also explore the policy’s broader implications, including how it shaped the trajectory of the so-called war on terror, altered the relationship between the United States and its allies, and affected Washington’s pursuit of other key goals, such as the promotion of democracy and human rights abroad."

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Kathryn Sikkink gives Plenary address at APSA 2016

Kathryn Sikkink gives Plenary address at APSA 2016

September 5, 2016

Carr Center's Kathryn Sikkink gave the Plenary address at the 2016 American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting. Her talk, "Are We Making Progress in Human Rights? Transformations in Knowledge and Activism,”  drew on material from her forthcoming book Making Human Rights Work: Evidence for Hope.  

Said Sikkink, "recently there has been a surge of pessimism about...

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Kathryn Sikkink

A Measure of Justice

July 11, 2016

In a new feature story in the Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Kathryn Sikkink's work on documenting human rights violations is examined in depth.

"Sikkink, the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, has devoted her career to addressing that question and the one that follows from it: How can human rights abuses be prevented? Over the past 40 years, she has tracked an evolving, relatively new norm she calls the “justice cascade,” which has increased accountability for human rights offenders, a recent example being the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic....

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John Shattuck. 6/1/2016. “Democracy and Its Discontents.” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 40, 2, Pp. 173-184. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In contrast to the European tradition of democratic pluralism, John Shattuck points to a new phenomenon in Eastern European states: illiberal democracy. Popularized by authoritarian political discourse in Hungary and Poland, the trend toward illiberalism evidences deep discontent with democracy’s economic, identity, and security implications for Europe. Democracy, however, is capable of reforming itself from the inside, allowing for new structures of participation for its citizens—whereas the strict control of power in illiberal democracy blocks avenues for meaningful change.

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