Programs & Activities

Each semester, the Human Rights Institute sponsors many events and activities for graduate students. The Human Rights Institute Graduate Reading / Research Groups are one of the ongoing initiatives at the HRI. Students with shared interests in a specific theme or geographic area meet once a month to discuss human rights readings or to work on research. If you are interested in joining one of the groups below or starting a new group, please contact

Current Graduate Reading / Research Groups:

Past Graduate Reading / Research Group topics have included: conflict, cooperation, and justice; immigration and citizenship; economic rights; human rights in Latin America, women and children’s rights, social work and human rights; narrative in human rights.

The Human Rights Institute also provides opportunities for graduate students to present their research during the Human Rights Lunchtime Seminar Series. These lunchtime seminars occur several times throughout the semester.
Current Schedule of Graduate Student Presentations:

Previous Graduate Student Lunchtime Seminars


Upcoming Graduate Conference

10th Anniversary Conference of the Human Rights Institute

CALL FOR PAPERS for graduate students (only).

Conference, September 18, 2013
University of Connecticut, Storrs

Deadline for Paper Proposals for Graduate Students: April 8th, 2013

The Human Rights Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a conference (September 19-21) that will showcase the "Connecticut School of Human Rights," an interdisciplinary, contextual approach to human rights. Interest in human rights has expanded beyond law school throughout the academy, and in particular into the social sciences and humanities. The conversations that will take place at the conference point toward new horizons for the Institute and for the interdisciplinary study of human rights for decades to come.

The Graduate Human Rights Conference will kick off the interdisciplinary conversation on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. We aim to bring together graduate students interested in human rights, from multiple disciplines, to present and share their research interests. The Graduate Conference will include a workshop on publishing in the field of human rights as well as complimentary breakfast and lunch. We encourage Graduate students to come to these events on Wednesday and stay for the 10th Anniversary Conference which will include many prominent human rights scholars.

Panel Themes: The Graduate Conference encourages interdisciplinary social science, law, and humanities approaches to understanding human rights issues. Panel themes may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

Economic and Social Rights
Education and Human Rights
Environmental Rights
Foundations of Human Rights
Gender and Human Rights
Group Rights
Health and Human Rights
Human Rights and International Law
Literature and Human Rights
Political and Civil Rights

If you would like to present a paper, please submit a 300-500 word abstract and short bio to the Human Rights Institute at by April 8, 2013:

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any further questions regarding the conference.

Limited travel assistance may be available for accepted panelists from schools outside of UConn.