Human Rights Institute


The Human Rights Institute (HRI) regularly hosts conferences, panel discussions, expert roundtables, and lectures at which prominent human rights practitioners meet with Georgetown Law students, faculty and staff to discuss human rights. These foster discussion, debate, and collaboration among leading human rights experts. All of our events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Our largest annual event, the Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights, is held each spring. Information about this event, including past conference agendas and webcasts, can be viewed on the Dash Conference page. Each year HRI also hosts remarks by the Robert F. Drinan Chair in Human Rights, a visiting position held each year by a different human rights expert.

Upcoming Events

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, HRI will host the annual Human Rights Welcome event in the Hotung Lobby at 5:30 p.m. New and returning students, faculty, and staff are welcome. More information is available here.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, HRI will be joined by the Corporate Accountability Lab for a discussion about the future of human rights litigation in the US. See the event flyer for more information.

Select Past Events

On February 6, 2017, HRI, OPICS, and the Office of Graduate Career and Professional Development hosted a discussion with Dr. Marie-Joseph Ayissi - a Human Rights Officer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law - about careers and internships with the United Nations.

On November 10, HRI and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security co-hosted a discussion with Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, the former Attorney General of Guatemala and Visiting Scholar at Georgetown, for the release of her book "Transforming Justice in Latin America: Strategies and Challenges Investigating Violent Deaths 2011-2014." A panel discussion followed the book launch.

On October 18, 2016, Professor François Crépeau presented the annual lecture for the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights, entitled "Global Migration Governance after the New York Summits: Towards a Generational Agenda?" 

On September 23, 2016, HRI hosted a screening of the film "Our Lives in Transit" and a panel discussion on statelessness in the Dominican Republic, in partnership with the Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness and Minority Rights Group International. The discussion included the presentation of a legal update to the 2014 HRI report "Left Behind: How Statelessness in the Dominican Republic Limits Children's Access to Education". 

On November 17, 2015, HRI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and the Berkeley Law International Human Rights Law Clinic hosted a panel discussion on "The Ten-Year Anniversary of the Yean and Bosico Case and Continued Statelessness in the Dominican Republic." 

On November 9, 2015, HRI and Fair Trials International hosted a discussion about the misuse of INTERPOL "Red Notices" by a number of governments to persecute dissidents and refugees abroad. The event highlighted the personal stories of victims and possible solutions proposed by legal experts fighting this abuse.

On September 30, 2015, HRI hosted the Washington premiere of the PBS Visionaries documentary "Disability Rights International: No One Left Behind." The documentary, featuring acclaimed actor Sam Waterson, describes how DRI founder Eric Rosenthal (L'92) contributed to the creation of a new field of human rights.

Side event at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees annual NGO Consultations (with the Women's Refugee Commission, the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies, the International Detention Coalition and the International Migrant's Bill of Rights Initiative). 

Discussion and Press Briefing with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, at the close of his first official visit to the United States (with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Event on Children's Rights and Juvenile Justice (with the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Campaign for US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Event on the Future of Human Rights (With the New York Review of Books and the Bingham Center for the Rule of Law)

Remarks by Visiting Professor of Law Richard Goldstone on Social & Economic Rights in South Africa

International Women's Day Symposium (With HRA/AI and the LAWA and WLPFP Programs)

Launch Event -- Access to Justice Reports (With Amnesty International, EarthRights International and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable)

5 Stations on the Way to Damascus (the annual remarks of the Drinan Chair in Human Rights)

The Future of Human Rights Litigation Post-Kiobel (with the Supreme Court Institute)

Torture is a Weapon Against Democracy

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads

The Alien Tort Statute: Corporate Accountability & Kiobel

Reaffirming Protection: Strengthening Asylum in the United States: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg moderates "Courts at Risk, Rights in Peril: Where Have All the Courageous Gone?" with recipients of the Gruber Justice Prize

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Majority Whip, U.S. Senate; Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law; and Georgetown Law Class of 1969 speaks on "Human Rights and the Law"

Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice, Georgetown University Law Center's first Robert F. Drinan S.J. Chair in Human Rights, on "One Hundred Years of Human Rights."

Conversation with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and Gitanjali Gutierrez, attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

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