The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


World AIDS Day Conference Participants

Adriana Corral (MFA candidate, University of Texas) discusses her artwork on the femicides in Ciudad Juárez during a workshop organized by the Rapoport Center's Human Rights & the Arts Working Group, January 2013

The Rapoport Center sponsors numerous events throughout the academic year. The Center's Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series brings activists and scholars from around the world to deliver lectures focusing on today's pressing human rights issues. Along with the speaker series, the Center organizes various conferences that bring together multidisciplinary panels featuring academics, artists, and policy-makers. You can view audio and video from our past events here. To receive information about upcoming events, please join our mailing list.

Upcoming Events

February 15, 2016
"In and Out of Syria: A Conference on the War and the Refugee Crisis"
9:00am-6:00pm, Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B), UT Austin

Organized by Sofian Merabet in the Department of Anthropology and co-sponsored by a number of entities at UT Austin

February 29, 2016
"Certifiably Fair: Can Consumers Monitor Human Rights?"
José Aylwin, Chilean human rights lawyer; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch); Adjunct Professor of Law, Universidad Austral de Chile
Jessica Champagne, Director of Research and Advocacy, Worker Rights Consortium
Sean Sellers, Co-Founder and Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council
3:00-5:00pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law

The roundtable will consider the possibilities and limitations of various forms of certification regimes for the realization, enforcement and governance of human rights.

Co-sponsored with LLILAS Benson

March 1, 2016
Human Rights Speaker Series
"Personal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices"
Scott Hendler, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Hendler Lyons Flores
11:45am-1:15pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law

Co-sponsored with the William Wayne Justice Center, the Environmental Law Society, the Human Rights Law Society, and the Public Interest Law Association

April 7-9, 2016
Annual Conference
"Inequality & Human Rights"

This conference will consider whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world?

View the call for papers.

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World AIDS Day Conference Participants

Judge Dennis Davis (High Court of Cape Town) discusses the impact of amnesty provisions in post-apartheid South Africa at the Rapoport Center's ninth annual conference on "Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda" (February 2013)

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