The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy serves as the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in the human rights domain. The center embraces a dual mission: to educate students and the next generation of leaders from around the world in human rights policy and practice; and to convene and provide policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses.

About the Carr Center

Since its founding in 1999, the Carr Center has dedicated the last quarter-century to human rights policy.

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Justice Matters Podcast

Bevin Croft and Ebony Flint from the Human Services Research Institute discuss mental health and human rights in the wake of new guidance issued in 2023 by the WHO.


Claire Charters discusses the status of Māori representation in New Zealand's government, the right-wing pushback against indigenous rights, and more.


View and listen to all of the Justice Matters podcast episodes in one place.


A discussion of the human rights violations caused by the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the move to ban abortion in the United States. 


A deep dive into the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which wrapped up its 12th iteration at the end of 2023.


Jill Collen Jefferson, a civil and human rights lawyer and founder of Julian, discusses drawing on international human rights movements to build a civil rights strategy in the United States.


Daniel A. Bell, Chair of Political Theory with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, discusses academic freedoms in mainland China vs. Hong Kong, China and the U.S. as global superpowers, and censorship in China.


Shoshana Zuboff, author of the acclaimed book The Age of  Surveillance Capitalism, delves into the theory of surveillance capitalism, the harm of disinformation, and the future of democracy in the digital era.

“The Carr Center is building a bridge between ideas on human rights and the practice on the ground—and right now we're at a critical juncture around the world.”

Mathias Risse, Faculty Director
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