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 course of three days. Conference panels will address themes central to the work of our research and practice clusters, including: the right to health in Latin America; memorialization, transitional justice, and human rights; humanitarian narratives in the global south; the history and future of war crimes prosecution; human rights, science and technology; the challenges and methodological approaches of monitoring and measuring human rights; reflections on the US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct; and supply chains disrupted: the social and environmental dimensions of reform.
These panels cut distinct routes through the human rights terrain while remaining rooted in rigorous social science and humanities methods of inquiry. The discussions both reflect and celebrate the interdisciplinarity of HRI’s research programs and the innovative scholarship that have emerged from two decades of hosting conferences, workshops, and invited speakers across these domains.
Founded in 2003, the Human Rights Institute has fostered an empirical and historical approach to human rights teaching and research that subjects universal moral values and legal rights to rigorous scrutiny. Today’s HRI is a vibrant intellectual community, with 15 core faculty members in 11 different departments, 3 post-doctoral fellows, and nearly 50 associated faculty across the University. It has ten established research clusters. HRI is also home to robust undergraduate and graduate programs, including the first undergraduate major at a public research university, a university-wide graduate certificate program, and master of arts degree.
HRI has provided a fruitful site for convening for scholars across disciplines, instigating and supporting collaboration across conventional academic boundaries. Situated at the intersection of academic inquiry between the legal, social science, and humanities traditions, the University of Connecticut is a place where the promise and claims of human rights are interrogated through empirical research into institutions and processes, both global and local. Human rights are not simply academic subjects, however, and we seek to inform and shape policy decisions through our empirical investigations.
This conference will continue its tradition, drawing scholars and practitioners from around the world to renew ongoing conversations and to inspire new ones about the latest challenges in the field.