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Learn Human Rights

UICHR staff and affiliated faculty offer a wide range of human rights courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels across many disciplines.  Recent offerings include Introduction to Human Rights, Human Rights in the World Community, and Philosophy of Human Rights.  Undergraduate students of any major can choose to complete a certificate in human rights.  Click the button to learn more.

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Find Overseas Opportunities

These students traveled to Palestine during their Spring Break to meet with their clients in the West Bank and to learn more about the effects of the occupation.  Click the link above to learn more about how the UICHR helps students find and take advantage of opportunities to engage with human rights outside the classroom.

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UICHR Supports Scholarship

Collectively, the staff and affiliated faculty of the UICHR have published hundreds of books and articles that have shaped the way the world views human rights problems.  The Center remains committed to fostering new ideas and new directions in human rights scholarship.  Click on the button to see what our faculty have been up to.

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We Draw on Diverse Expertise

The staff of the UICHR are grateful to all of its current and former Board Members for their invaluable contributions to our work.  The wide array of talents and expertise they bring to the Center help to spur our creativity and to ensure that we remain mindful of the inherently multidisciplinary nature of human rights.

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What are human rights?

UICHR’s founder Burns Weston penned the entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica

open quotes…rights that belong to an individual or group of individuals simply for being human, or as a consequence of inherent human vulnerability, or because they are requisite to the possibility of a just society. Whatever their theoretical justification, human rights refer to a wide continuum of values or capabilities thought to enhance human agency or protect human interests and declared to be universal in character, in some sense equally claimed for all human beings, present and future. close quotes

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