“We believe that that memory must open a channel to human rights. Why human rights? Because we realize that when a people is threatened, it doesn’t remain threatened alone. When a group is singled out, it affects all other groups.” – Elie Wiesel
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Examining the most pressing human rights questions and preparing the next generation of human rights leaders.

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Human Rights Close to Home

Summer Institute
July 17-28, 2023 • Storrs, CT
Human Rights Close to Home (HRCH) engages K-12 educators and youth in the development and implementation of human rights education for civic action with the aim of strengthening democracy and respect for human rights in our Connecticut communities and beyond.

Teachers across all grades and subjects explore human rights issues, learn teaching tools and strategies, develop curriculum materials/educational initiatives that support civic engagement, and receive professional development. High school students gain human rights knowledge and civic engagement skills in order to implement their own civic action plans in their local communities.

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Human Rights Summit

Human Rights and the Global Assault on Democracy
October 25-27, 2023 • Storrs, CT
The Human Rights Summit at The Dodd Center for Human Rights brings together scholars, activists, policymakers, artists, and business leaders from across the world to examine the key human rights challenges of our time and generate new ideas to promote global justice and human dignity.

Through a mix of high-profile lectures, practical workshops, and roundtable discussions, the Human Rights Summit will serve as a critical venue for sharing insights, building relationships, and inspiring action.

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Human Rights for the Next Generation
On October 1, 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg delivered its verdict, convicting 19 Nazi leaders of conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Seventy-five years later, as the world faces new challenges to democracy and rule of law, we dedicate The Dodd Center for Human Rights, extending the legacy of Nuremberg for the next generation.

Learn more about the event we hosted on October 15, 2021 featuring Senator Chris Dodd and President Joe Biden.

In the News

International Law & 21st Century Financial Warfare

A new article by Stephen Park of HRI & the School of Business explores the difficulty of assessing how financial sanctions comply with international law and human rights goals, and whether that risks legitimizing their growing use.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Sep 29 Encounters - Destigmatizing Intimate Partner Violence 5:30pm
  2. Sep 29 Encounters - Destigmatizing Intimate Partner Violence 5:30pm
  3. Oct 3 We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age - Discussion with Author Wendy Wong 2:00pm
  4. Oct 5 Due Diligence Laws: Scope, Content, and Implications 11:00am
  5. Oct 5 Journalism Under the Taliban: Understanding the Lived Experience of Journalists in Afghanistan 2:00pm
  6. Oct 10 Injuries of Empire: Detention and Debilitation in South Florida 9:30am
  7. Oct 10 Research Justice Against Migrant Detention 12:30pm
  8. Oct 11 Unlocking the Art of Moderation 10:00am
  9. Oct 11 Encounters - Possessing Harriet 5:00pm
  10. Oct 11 Encounters - Possessing Harriet 5:00pm
  11. Oct 12 InCHIP Lecture Series: Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA, Boston College School of Social Work 12:30pm
  12. Oct 17 Bringing Politics into Engineering Education 12:00pm