U21 Summer School: Human Rights

Start Date
07 July 2013
End Date
19 July 2013
University of Connecticut, USA
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The 2013 U21 Summer School will offer participating students and staff the opportunity to think critically about the place of human rights in our world at the beginning of the 21stcentury.

Guided and encouraged by leading human rights scholars from around the world, students will attend lectures, participate in discussions and conduct archival research on the origins and issues of the contemporary human rights system. 


The Summer School will include field trips to the United Nations Headquarters and major human rights NGO offices in New York City, and hands-on experiences with local human rights agencies and activists in Connecticut.  Participants will also attend a specially produced theatrical performance designed to challenge their thinking about the ethics and aesthetics of human rights.  Students will complete the Summer School by developing and presenting collaborative projects based on their experiences.


Participants will leave having examined some of the key issues and controversies in contemporary humans rights scholarship.  Their interactions with activities and officials at both the global and local levels will give a sense of the opportunities and obstacles faced by those pursuing human rights goals.  And finally, though their experiences working to understand, interpret and present the particular issues that matter to them, students will leave prepared to continue their engagement with human rights approaches in their home counties and institutions.

How To Register

Please note that registration for this event has now closed.

Dr Elizabeth Mahan