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Human Rights Center

A Vision For Change

Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy

Our Center creates a positive change through research, education and dialogue. At the heart of a global human rights community, we are committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice, between scholars and practitioners.

#SPHR23: Reclaiming Power

#SPHR2023 will offer scholars and practitioners a valuable space to exchange perspectives on the Decolonization and Development for Africa and People of African Descent.

2023 Romero Human Rights Award

This year's award honored Rob Robinson whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of human suffering and injustice.

This spring, the Moral Courage Project launched its new season: "Unhousing: Claiming the Human Right to Home."

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Preventing Radicalization to Extremist Violence through Education, Network-Building and Training in Southwest Ohio project aims to develop a proactive, informed and resilient network of organizations, coalitions and civic entities aware and capable of collaborating to prevent domestic violent extremism in Southwest Ohio.

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SPHR convened on 2-4 December 2021 to address the perils and potential the pandemic has created for human rights advocacy. This series presents the key messages, methods and insights emerging from this first SPHR in a hybrid format.

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SPHR 2023

"In a world grappling with challenges of poverty, racism, inequality and war, the University of Dayton Human Rights Center is gearing up to host its Social Practice of Human Rights conference Nov. 2-4 at Daniel J. Curran Place (1700 S. Patterson Blvd.). The conference will focus on addressing rights issues affecting Africa and people of African descent, locally and globally. According to the United Nations, approximately 200 million individuals residing in the Americas identify as being of African descent – including over 50,000 Daytonians."

This symposium explored the philosophical, historical and contemporary dimensions and possibilities of the women’s human rights struggle in the Middle East, and its relationship with authoritarianism and decolonization. The symposium was sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Human Rights Center, and the International Studies Program.

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This workshop brought together scholars and practitioners to discuss the relationship between law and mass atrocity. Key topics considered at the workshop include strengths and failures of existing legal institutions, theoretical approaches to studying mass violence, and gendered dimensions of atrocity crimes. Presented papers were submitted as a special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention.

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In view of the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, this teach-in offered students, staff, faculty and other campus members the opportunity to learn about the background and implications of Dobbs for human dignity and flourishing, in a multidisciplinary way.

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Human Rights 05.19.23

A distinguished scholar who has served as a consultant to the European Union and the United Nations will become executive director of the UD Human Rights Center.

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Human Rights 02.24.22

In our statement on Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, we express our concern about the threat to international peace and our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Only the global rule of law can constrain the most powerful states and prevent a return to a world of imperialism, colonialism and conquest.

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