Human Rights in the United States

NEW! U.S. Supreme Court takes important – but insufficient – step to adhere to human rights obligations by banning mandatory life without parole for juvenile offenders


For nearly a decade, the Center has been working 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 U.S.

The Center works in close partnership with leading NGOs promoting human rights in the United States, including, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union, Penal Reform International, Rights Working Group, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Columbia Human Rights Institute, Northeastern University’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Center for Reproductive Rights, Open Society Foundations, and the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty.

The Center seeks to enhance the understanding of international law and the ways that it can be applied in social justice work in the U.S., and to bridge the disconnect between the United States’ promotion of human rights abroad and its adherence and appreciation for international law and standards as they apply within the U.S. The Center coordinates an ongoing series of projects, conferences, trainings and other activities to build capacity with social justice practitioners in the U.S. In addition, the Center’s flagship publication, the Human Rights Brief, publishes short articles focused on emerging development in human rights issues in the United States and around the world.

Photo at right: Expert roundtable at conference entitled Beyond Roper: International Laws and Standards for the Treatment of Children in Conflict with the Law, held by the Center, in conjunction with the ACLU, Global Rights, the Open Society Institute, and Penal Reform International.

Core Activities on Human Rights in the US:

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project

Inter-Disciplinary Training of Human Rights Practitioners in the US

Shaping the Discussion/Outreach on Human Rights in the United States

Student Experiential Learning Initiatives

Publications: The Human Rights Brief