The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


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Karen Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law & Founder and Co-director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Karen Engle is Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and Founder and co-director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women's and Gender Studies. She teaches courses and specialized seminars in public international law, international human rights law and employment discrimination.

Professor Engle received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as a post-doctoral Ford Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah prior to joining the University of Texas.

Professor Engle writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law. She is author of The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. Other recent publications include "On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights" (European Journal of International Law, 2011), "The Force of Shame" (in Rethinking Rape Law)(Routledge, 2010)(with Annelies Lottmann), "Indigenous Rights Claims in International Law: Self-Determination, Culture and Development" (in Handbook of International Law)(Routledge, 2009), "Judging Sex in War" (Michigan Law Review, 2008), "Calling in the Troops: The Uneasy Relationship Among Human Rights, Women's Rights and Humanitarian Intervention" (Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2007), and "Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing War-Time Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (American Journal of International Law, 2005). Professor Engle received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogota in 2010.

List of Karen Engle's Publications

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Daniel Brinks, Associate Professor of Government & Co-director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Daniel Brinks is Associate Professor of Government, in the fields of Comparative Politics and Public Law. Dan's research focuses on the role of the law and courts in supporting or extending human rights and many of the basic rights associated with democracy, with a primary regional interest in Latin America. He is currently at work on a project that examines constitutional change in Latin America since about 1975, focusing especially on judicial institutions and constitutional review. Other recent projects address the use of courts and law to enforce social and economic rights in the developing world, the development of the rule of law in Latin America, the judicial response to police violence in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, judicial independence, and the role of informal norms in the legal order. He is also interested in the study of democracy more generally, and has written on the classification of regimes in Latin America, and on the global diffusion of democracy.

Professor Brinks was born and raised in Argentina and practiced law in the U.S. for nearly ten years before turning to academia. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and is faculty advisor for the graduate human rights concentration in Latin American studies. He teaches courses in in Comparative Politics, Comparative Judicial Politics, Democracy and Democratization, and Latin American Politics.

He has published articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy en Español, and the Texas International Law Journal. His books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World (co-edited with Varun Gauri), and The Judicial Response to Police Violence in Latin America: Inequality and the Rule of Law were both published by Cambridge University Press.

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William Chandler, Assistant Director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

William Chandler is Assistant Director of the Rapoport Center. Recipient of the 2014 President’s Outstanding Staff Award, he manages the daily operations of the Center, supervises the fellowship and internship programs, and oversees the Center’s projects and initiatives. In addition, he coordinates an informal weekly seminar with Rapoport Center team members that explores diverse international human rights issues. He received an MS in International Relations with top honors from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Spanish from Davidson College. Before joining the Rapoport Center, William worked as a global program manager for an international education organization based in Austin, Texas. His research interests include global water rights and alternative responses to transnational crime in the Americas.

Julia Dehm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Julia Dehm is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rapoport Center, working on a multi-year project rethinking human rights for the 21st century. Julia was previously a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at the Harvard Law School, and Junior Faculty at the IGLP Workshop held in Doha, Qatar between 3-10 January 2015. She recently submitted her PhD in Law at the Melbourne Law School entitled “Reconsidering REDD+: Law, Life, Limits and Growth in Crisis.” Her doctoral research examines the social implications of a specific carbon offset scheme under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change umbrella called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). She has published academic articles in the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law and special climate justice themed editions of the Journal of Australian Political Economy and Local-Global Journal. Julia also co-edited a report Occupy Policing: A Report into the Effects and Legality of the Eviction of Occupy Melbourne from City Square on 21 October 2011 and was a member of the Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team that was awarded the 2012 Tim McCoy Award for human rights work by the Federation of Community Legal Centers. She has been active with climate justice groups, co-authoring a Friends of the Earth International Report, In the REDD+: Australia's Carbon Offset Projects in Central Kalimantan (2012).

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Ariel Dulitzky, Director, Human Rights Clinic

Ariel Dulitzky is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Clinic, and Director of the Latin America Initiative. He is a leading expert in the inter-American human rights system, and in 2010 he was appointed to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS). Professor Dulitzky is an honors graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1999.

Professor Dulitzky has published extensively on human rights, the inter-American human rights system, racial discrimination and the rule of law in Latin America. He has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and the Washington College of Law at American University. He served as a law clerk for a Federal Circuit Court in Argentina.

Dulitzky received the 2007 Gary Bellow Public Service Award from Harvard Law School for his career in human rights. In addition to his work at the Inter-American Commission, he has served as advisor to the IACHR's first Special Rapporteur on Afro-Descendants that he helped to establish in 2005, and as technical advisor to the OAS Working Group discussing the adoption of a new Inter-American Convention against Racial Discrimination. He has been a consultant for the Office of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner and the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights. Previously, Professor Dulitzky was the Latin America Program Director at the International Human Rights Law Group (currently Global Rights) and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). Professor Dulitzky has directed the litigation of more than 100 cases in front of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights.

List of Ariel Dulitzky's publications

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Barbara Harlow, Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literatures & Faculty Panel Chair, Human Rights and Social Justice Bridging Disciplines Program

Barbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literatures and chair of the faculty panel for the Human Rights and Social Justice Bridging Disciplines Program. She also served as the interim director of the Center during fall 2009. Harlow received her Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo in 1977. Her teaching and research interests include imperialism and orientalism, literature and human rights/social justice, the 19th century novel, the European Novel, Middle East and African Studies, the “Global South,” and comparative/interdisciplinary studies. She is especially interested in cultural politics and political cultures; third world studies; critical theory; prison and resistance writings and postcolonial studies (particularly Anglophone African and modern Arabic literatures and cultures). Harlow has done research and worked in academic institutions in Egypt, South Africa and Mozambique. She taught at the American University in Cairo from 1977 to 1983, and again 2006-07 as Visiting Professor and Acting Chair of English and Comparative Literature. Other teaching experience includes University College Galway (1992), University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg (1998) and University of Natal in Durban (2002).

She is the author of Resistance Literature (1987), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (1992), After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (1996), and co-editor with Mia Carter of Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook (1999) and Archives of Empire: Vol 1: From the East India Company to the Suez Canal and Vol 11: The Scramble for Africa (2003), and co-editor with Ferial Ghazoul of The View from Within: Writers and Critics and Contemporary Arabic Literature (1994), and with Toyin Falola of two volumes of essays in honor of Bernth Lindfors, Palavers of African Literature and African Writers and Readers (2002). She is currently working on an intellectual biography of the South African writer and activist, Ruth First.

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