The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.

Ariel Dulitzky, Karen Engle, Daniel Brinks, and Julia Dehm

Rapoport Center Launches Major Five-Year Initiative With Support From The Ford Foundation

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.


Harvard Law professor speaks about human rights, inequality
Daily Texan
October 13, 2015
UT students and professors gathered Monday afternoon for the Inequality and Human Rights seminar to discuss the existence of human rights in the age of inequality.

2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars Announced
Rapoport Center Press Release
October 3, 2015
Three UT law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Human Rights Scholars.

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Interns Selected
Rapoport Center Press Release
September 30, 2015
Three UT undergraduate students will intern with the Rapoport Center during the fall semester.

Rapoport Center Launches Major Five-Year Initiative
Texas Law News
September 10, 2015
The Ford Foundation has awarded the Center an initial two-year, $400,000 grant to jump-start a project to assess the use and potential of human rights law and discourse to address some of the structural causes of inequality.

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Upcoming Events

February 9, 2016
G. Rollie White Lecture
"Policing the Police: the Federal Government’s Role in Reforming Police Practices"
Christy Lopez, 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?"
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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