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An examination of human rights advocacy

The University of Dayton hosted the academic conference The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy on October 3-5, 2013. This conference served as an opportunity to foster scholar-practitioner collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and cultivate critical introspection of human rights advocacy.

Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Juan Mendez Alex DeWaal
Juan Méndez
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and
formerly of Human Rights Watch and the
International Center for Transitional Justice      
Alex de Waal
Executive Director of the World Peace
Foundation and a Research Professor at the
Fletcher School, Tufts University

Plenary Panelists

Jo Becker Allison Brysk Louis Bickford Jason Cone
Jo Becker
Director of Advocacy for Children's
Rights, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Alison Brysk
Mellichamp Professor of Global
Governance, University of
California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Louis Bickford
Program Officer, Ford Foundation;
Adjunct Professor, Institute for the
Study of Human Rights, Columbia

Jason Cone
Communications Director
Doctors Without Borders - USA
Larry Cox Mark Ensalaco Sam Gregory Tony Hall
Larry Cox
Former Executive Director of
Amnesty International USA
Dr. Mark Ensalaco
Director of Human Rights
Research, University of Dayton
Sam Gregory
Program Director, WITNESS
Ambassador Tony Hall
Executive Director,
Alliance to End Hunger
Leora Kahn Bill O'Keefe Ignacia Saiz
Leora Kahn
Executive Director, Proof - Media
for Social Justice
Bill O'Keefe
VP for Government Relations and
Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services
Ignacio Saiz
Executive Director, Center for
Economic and Social Rights

New Plenary Panelist Added:

Rosalie Nezien
Program Officer, DCR, Senegal

Rosalie joined the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in October 2009 and is currently the program officer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal. Before coming to AJWS, Rosalie worked at the Firelight Foundation for two years where she supported grassroots organizations involved in the response to and prevention of HIV and AIDS in eastern and southern Africa. She has also worked with Plan International and BONEfonden in her native country of Burkina Faso. Rosalie holds an M.S. in organizational management from the School for International Training in Vermont. Learn more about AJWS (www) >>

2013 Conference Highlights

View video recordings of 2013 activities from the links below. The schedule of events can be accessed from the links at right.

• Opening Day Luncheon with Address by University of Dayton President Dr. Daniel J. Curran. View video >>

• Keynote Address: "The Responsibilities of an Activist in a Global Political Order" by Dr. Alex de Waal. View video >>

• Plenary Dialogue: "Past, Present, and Future of Human Rights Advocacy." View video >>

• Plenary Dialogue: "Human Rights Philanthropy." View video >>

• Plenary Dialogue: "Integrating Human Rights and Development in Practice." View video >>

• Plenary Dialogue: "The Role of Media and Communications Technology." View video >>

Finding your way around our community.

The University of Dayton River Campus is located one mile southwest of the main campus at 1700 Patterson Boulevard across from Carillon Park, overlooking the Great Miami River. The links at right will help you find your way around Dayton and the UD campus. We have also provided a downloadable shuttle bus schedule.

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Contact Us

Date: Oct. 3-5, 2013

Location: University of Dayton River Campus, 1700 South Patterson Blvd.

Contact us: Email

Phone: 937-229-1231