About the Carr Center:

The mission of the Carr Center, like the Harvard Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.
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In the News:

Dec. 9: The Carr Center was in the news on December 9th and 10th, as the C.I.A. Torture Report was released. Read more below

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Oct. 9: In a Stack of Boxes, a World of Ideas. Ideas Box was developed to be “a portable multi-media toolkit designed for refugees to discover, learn, connect, and create.”

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Leading Nonviolent Social Movements: Tactics for Success, a 3-day HKS Executive Education Workshop.

Join us for an interactive 3-part online workshop exploring the tactical strategies behind nonviolent social movements. The workshop, Leading Nonviolent Social Movements: Tactics for Success, will be led by Douglas A. Johnson, Faculty Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKS and Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic, founders of the Centre for Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).

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Sept 22: The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today announced the launch of a new research program, The Policy Consequences of the U.S. Decision to Use Torture as an Instrument of War.

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Sept 19: The Harvard Global Health Institute welcomed Sharmila L. Murthy, JD, MPA, for an informal conversation on “Why should we care about water, sanitation, and hygiene? A women's issue, human rights concern and global governance challenge.” Murthy is a former Research Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights.

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Sept 9: Tim McCarthy launched The A.R.T. of Human Rights, which “seeks to use the arts and humanities to explore the most pressing human-rights issues of our time,” he said.

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July 25: Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has appointed Artyom Geghamyan as Armenian deputy justice minister, the press office of the government reported on Friday. Geghamyan is a former Carr Center research Fellow.

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June 26: Sharmila L. Murthy, a visiting scholar at HKS, highlights 'Why Access To Toilets Is A Women's Rights Issue.' In her latest article, Murthy describes how a lack of adequate sanitation disproportionately affects women, and puts them at risk for violence.

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In the News: Torture Report

“Time and distance from the horror of 9/11 may help us better understand why we tortured: we were angry and afraid. But this understanding should not soften our ultimate judgment on our use of torture as a weapon of war: it was inexcusable and greatly damaged our nation”.

Recent Publications:

Journal Article: Israel’s Associated Regime: Exceptionalism, Human Rights and Alternative Legality; Federica D'Alessandra, Carr Center Fellow, 2014-15 - Utrecht Journal of International and European Law 30-46 August 19, 2014.
Working Paper: “Three Images of Trade: On the Place of Trade in a Theory of Global Justice,” Mathias Risse, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and Carr Center Core Faculty - February 15, 2014.
Video File: “Keynote address: 'We Must Do Better: The LGBTQ Movement and the Paradox of Progress',” Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director, Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program - Inaugural LGBTQ Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University February 1, 2014.
Carr Working Papers Series: “Voices from the Frontline: Addressing forced marriage within the United States,” Vidya Sri, Carr Center Fellow, 2013-14 - October 4, 2013.
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What's New:

October 9: Winter Funding Applications for PAEs open on October 20th. The Carr Center will be accepting applications directly related to human rights.
October 14: When the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to children's rights activists it also highlighted child labor, a move which will hopefully lead to robust efforts to eliminate the practice, says analyst Siddharth Kara.
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