Executive Session Human Rights Commissions and Criminal Justice

The Executive Session brought leaders of U.S. human rights and human relations commissions together with civil rights leaders, police leaders and Harvard faculty for a series of meetings focused on ways to expand the role of human rights commissions in addressing issues of discrimination in U.S. criminal justice systems. A series of papers was produced that highlights best practices, probes the history of human rights commissions in the U.S. and explores their relationship to human rights organizations around the globe.

About this Executive Session

The John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive Session on Human Rights Commissions and Criminal Justice brought together human rights, civil rights and police leaders from across the United States for a series of discussions about how to expand the role of human rights commissions in addressing issues of discrimination in U.S. criminal justice systems. In addition, the project sought to strengthen the ways that state and local governments respond to violations of the rights of people involved with the criminal justice system by documenting innovative work of individual commissions and conducting research on emerging practices. 

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Status of this Executive Session

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The Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session on Human Rights Commissions and Criminal Justice ended in December 2008.

This website serves as an archive for the Executive Session's work undertaken between December 2005 and November 2008