Human Rights Initiative


Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Director, 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. To learn more about past lecture series, visit here


Distinguished Lecture with Michael Ignatieff 

Dr. Ignatieff is the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The lecture will take place October 30, 2014 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at Forum Hall, Palmer Commons. For more information, visit the II Event Calendar.



JAN 23, 2015:

HRI Lecture: "International Law and the Abolition of Torture" Juan E. Méndez, American University. 


MARCH 19, 2014:

HRI Lecture with Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara.