The Evolution of the Global Human Rights Movement: A Three-Decade Perspective


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Mathias Risse
Sushma Raman
Kenneth Roth
Kathryn Sikkink
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Kenneth Roth, referred to as the godfather of the human rights movement by The New York Times, stepped down from leading Human Rights Watch in the fall of 2022 after an impactful three-decade-plus career promoting and defending human rights around the world. In his role as a senior fellow at the Carr Center, he will research and write a book on how small groups of people can move governments around the world. In this lecture, Roth will discuss the evolution of human rights work, strategic challenges and opportunities facing Human Rights Watch over the decades, and the future of human rights.

Speakers include:

  • Introduction by Mathias Risse, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Moderator Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center For Human Rights Policy
  • Keynote Speaker Ken Roth, Former Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Commentator Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy

This event is co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

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