“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 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.

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Evolving Landscapes of Human Rights

Celebrating 20 Years of Interdisciplinarity & Innovation March 29-31, 2023 • Storrs, CT To celebrate the Human Rights Institute’s 20th anniversary, we are convening an international conference March 29-31, 2023 at UConn’s Storrs campus,  showcasing the thematic foci of HRI’s research and practice clusters. This international conference will convene more than 40 speakers over the […]

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Upcoming Events

  1. 12/7 Beyond the Field: FIFA and Human Rights
  2. 12/8 The Museum as “Social Instrument” and Storyteller: WWII and Now
  3. 12/8 Civic Engagement: Our Collective Responsibility to Participate in Democracy
  4. 1/11 Human Rights Close to Home Youth Summit
  5. 2/1 Community Dialogue on Solar Energy & Electro-Mobility: Opportunities & Challenges for a Just Energy Transition in Connecticut