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The Institute for the Study of Human Rights

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The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University is committed to three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.
ISHR was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights. ISHR recognizes that human rights research must transcend traditional academic boundaries, departments, and disciplines, reaching out to the practitioners’ world in the process, to address the ever-increasing complexities of human rights in a globalized world. ISHR actively engages human rights practitioners and researcher and challenges activists to assess and evaluate their approaches to human rights in light of academic findings. ISHR continues to be a leader in bridging the academic study of human rights and the worlds of advocacy and public policy.


Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

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The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School draws on the law school’s deep human rights tradition to support and influence human rights practice in the United States and throughout the world. The institute and the Human Rights Clinic have become increasingly integrated over the years, enabling us to multiply our impact on the field and engage students more fully in our work. The Institute focuses primarily on three main pillars: Human Rights in the United States, Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Business, and Human Rights and the Global Economy.