What We Do
The Center has founded and administered expansive programming on new and emerging human rights issues. Within each of the core focus areas below, our programs and projects offer cutting-edge training to legal practitioners, academics, activists and students, and seek to impact and shape the global conversation around key human rights issues.
The Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) supports the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) through development of a model for effective in-country follow-up and through monitoring and assessing implementation of the SRT’s recommendations. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE U.S.
The Program on Human Rights in the U.S. strives to promote the incorporation of international human rights norms, language, and strategies into the work of advocates on behalf of marginalized and vulnerable communities in the United States. Part of this initiative, the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project provides training, coaching, and resources to legal aid attorneys and public defenders to integrate the human rights framework into their everyday work. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Through conferences, scholarship, and collaboration with leading nongovernmental organizations in the field of disability rights, the Center has worked to support enhanced implementation and expanded adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Learn more
INITIATIVE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN BUSINESS (IHRIB)
The Initiative for Human Rights in Business (IHRIB) aims to build the capacity of businesses and civil society to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner, to inspire civil society to advocate for human rights and environmental protections, and to encourage governments to create and execute effective public policies. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
The Program on Human Rights Education is dedicated to promoting widespread understanding of human rights through teaching and academic study, and includes several core initiatives. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS AT AU
The Center is committed to engaging in a campus-wide effort to promote and study human rights through partnership and collaboration with other American University schools and programs. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS BRIEF
This highly-regarded student-run publication and its website, www.HRBrief.org, report on developments in international human rights and humanitarian law and provide concise legal analysis of cutting-edge human rights issues. Learn more
HUMAN RIGHTS FILM SERIES
Each fall, the Center partners with the American University Center for Social Media (CSM) to host the annual Human Rights Film Series. The Center and CSM screen four exceptional documentary films that not only exhibit excellence in filmmaking and explore a wide variety of human rights issues, but also showcase the power of film as an effective educative tool.
Learn more about Past Projects.