Human Rights Institute

During the first week of the Summer Institute, high school students and teachers delved into learning about human rights issues together – a unique, highly intentional, and unexpectedly successful aspect of the program.

Human Rights Close to Home: A Unique Civics Education Program for K-12 Students, Supported By the Redstone Family Foundation, Launched at UConn

'I think we fundamentally underestimate how much our kids can learn even about the biggest and most important issues of today. We just need to teach them in ways that are relatable'

Memories of the Past, to Support the Future: UConn Presents 2023 Dodd Prize with Sweeping Conversation about Global Democracy

'This year’s recipient of the Dodd Prize embodies the understanding that human rights are a cause that cannot be limited to individual countries'

An exterior view of The Dodd Center for Human Rights

Inaugural Human Rights Summit Comes to The Dodd Center with Critical Focus on Global Assault on Democracy

UConn community and leaders, activists, academics, artists, policymakers, and students from across the country and around the world will come together in Storrs to place critical focus on human rights at the inaugural Human Rights Summit at The Dodd Center

The oak leaf seal of the University of Connecticut.

Statement from UConn President Radenka Maric

Many of us at UConn have close family, friends, colleagues and former classmates and students in the region. Our thoughts are with all those impacted in the wake of this outburst of extreme violence and human tragedy.

A Sudanese family sit on a cart after reaching Adre from the border of Sudan heading to the Adre camp, where around 200,000 people are currently taking refuge on September 19, 2023 in Adre, Chad. The conflict in Sudan, entering its sixth month, has left thousands of civilians dead and displaced more than five million people. More than 420,000 people have already found refuge in neighboring Chad as hundreds continue to arrive daily.

Genocide Fears in Darfur Have Attracted Little Attention – Have Nations Abandoned Their Responsibility to Protect Civilians?

Today there is little appetite among the international community to intervene in a way that would protect civilians

2023 Malka Penn Award Recognizes Beneath the Wide Silk Sky and The Tower of Life

Children’s literature selections honored for outstanding work addressing human rights issues and themes

Jim Waller, who was recently appointed as the first Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice at UConn, poses for a photo in his office in the Dodd Center for Human Rights

New Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice to Direct Dodd Impact Programs

James Waller, eminent scholar of the Holocaust and genocide studies, will combine classroom learning with human rights practice

A child peeks through a hole in a huge European Union flag during a demonstration.

Big Changes for Big Business as EU Human Rights Law Nears Enactment

If it works as intended, the EU law could be transformative in protecting human rights, including worker health and safety and workers’ free speech, around the world

child playing with the wind near a wind turbine

Connecticut and UConn are Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainability

Our leaders, innovators, and scholars have worked tirelessly to drive progress in sustainability, moving us toward independence from fossil fuels and steeling our power grid against severe weather and other risk factors.

Beauty shot of UConn's The Dodd Center for Human Rights

UConn to Award 2023 Dodd Prize to Ukraine’s Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

In addition to the awarding of the Dodd Prize, a panel about Babyn Yar will be featured at the inaugural Human Rights Summit to be held on October 25, 26, and 27, at UConn’s Dodd Center for Human Rights