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Global Institute for Human Rights

Global Institute for Human Rights

June 5-9, 2023 | Format & Location: In-Person at the University of Pennsylvania
Program Fee: TBA| Registration will Open February 2023  

This in-person program is an immersive course of study aimed at undergraduate and graduate students passionate about a career in human rights advocacy, or just looking to enhance their awareness on such topics as women’s rights, climate justice, and the basic rights of migrants and refugees.

The Institute is unique compared to traditional academic studies of human rights, as the focus of this program is to bring working human rights advocates from around the world to the table, allowing them to share their experiences and career paths with the next generation of human rights advocates. The Institute identifies human rights as foundational to leadership. The bedrock principles of the human rights agenda are the bulwark of global citizenship.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Academic Director

Rangita de Silva de Alwis is the Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She is an esteemed women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries. Rangita has worked with a vast network of academic institutions, governments, and non-government entities on women’s human rights law, policy making, and institutional reform.

Rangita podcast

Rangita de Silva de Alwis podcast — ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19’

Listen to Rangita de Silva de Alwis in conversation with Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions to discuss human rights in the time of COVID-19.

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