The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.
The Rapoport Center has embarked on an ambitious five-year project to study and rethink the global human rights movement for the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on the relationship between economic inequality and human rights. The Ford Foundation has awarded the Center an initial two-year, $400,000 grant to jump-start the project’s assessment of the use, potential, and limitations of human rights law and discourse to address some of the structural causes of inequality. Specifically, the project will examine how global inequalities--both within and between countries--interact with the global demand for natural resources and cheap labor to produce some of today's most critical human rights challenges. For more information, please click here.
February 9, 2016
G. Rollie White Lecture
"Policing the Police: the Federal Government’s Role in Reforming Police Practices"
, Deputy Chief of the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
12:00-1:30pm, Francis Auditorium, Texas Law
Presented by the William Wayne Justice Center and co-sponsored by a number of entities at Texas Law
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?"
, Chilean human rights lawyer; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch); Adjunct Professor of Law, Universidad Austral de Chile
, Director of Research and Advocacy, Worker Rights Consortium
, 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"
, 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
"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?
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