Human Rights Initiative

Human Rights Initiative is a forum for intellectual exchange established to promote deeper understanding of human rights issues in the contemporary world among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. We invite renowned practitioners and scholars to share their insight and expertise on human rights gained through their experiences and research. Thanks to the generous support of the International Institute at the University of Michigan, we are able to offer several events each year featuring prominent speakers in the field of human rights. Please join us for a stimulating and inspiring conversation!

Visit the Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards website, exploring the development of human rights standards and advocacy. 

Program Director:
Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Associate Professor of Sociology

Lecture Series

2013-14 Lectures

Making Human Rights a Reality
Emilie Hafner-Burton, associate professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; Director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, University of California, San Diego. Watch the video of her lecture HERE

Socializing States: How to Promote Human Rights through International Law
Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University. Watch the video of his lecture HERE

The Indigenous Emergency
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Department of Anthropology, Columbia University. Watch the video of her lecture HERE

Past Lectures