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


U-M Library now subscribes to Human Rights Studies Online.

Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than thirty additional subjects.


Human Rights Initiative Lecture with Alison Brysk 

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The lecture will take place March 19, 2015 from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM at 1636 SSWB. 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: "Speaking Rights to Power" Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara.