Human Rights Center

Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center promotes research on real-world challenges, prepares future lawyers with the commitment and skills to defend human rights, and partners with civil society, governments, and institutions to impact law, policy, and practice.

Founded in 1988, the Center is well placed as part of the exceptional human rights community at the Law School, across the University, and in the Twin Cities. Students benefit from on-campus programming and opportunities for applied research, hands-on experience, and professional development in the fields of human rights and international law.

Highlights from the Human Rights Center

  • Human Rights Lab: connects faculty and students directly with organizations on the frontlines of human rights defense
  • Academic conferences: bring together leading scholars and experts to advance research on cutting-edge human rights and international legal challenges
  • Summer Fellowship Program: puts students to work over the summers at leading national and international human rights organizations
  • Human Rights in Practice Series: brings human rights practitioners to campus to advise students about diverse career paths and lessons learned
  • Support for students: enables students to carry out independent research and participate in relevant national conferences and competitions 
  • Community programming: public events, debates, and film screenings on emerging and pressing human rights cases and concerns 
  • International Women’s Rights Action Watch: carries out international advocacy and produces reports, training manuals, and scholarship to advance recognition of women’s human rights


MN Alumni Spring 2018 issue cover image

The focus of the Spring 2018 issue of MN Alumni magazine is the human rights work done here at UMN Law. Human Rights Center faculty director Fionnuala Ní Aoláin’s work is featured in an article entitled “The Warrior.”


Human Rights Center
University of Minnesota Law School
Mondale Hall, N-120
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-0041
Twitter: @UofMHRC

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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights in Kenya

The Human Rights Center hosts “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights in Kenya,” a virtual discussion.


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University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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