Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies
The Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies combines support for teaching,
research, and service to promote global citizenship among its students, staff, and alumni.
Human rights are the foundation for global civil society, and the Institute is an
important resource for spurring positive change and inspiring future leaders.
Webster University's global footprint provides valuable opportunities for the Institute to serve as a leading center in human rights education. Around the world, the university is advancing the study of international human rights issues, as well as advocacy for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights. For instance:
- Undergraduate students undertake vital field experiences by interning and volunteering with non-governmental organizations around the world, including humanitarian offices in Thailand and Switzerland.
- Institute Fellows give new meaning to "study abroad" by offering hybrid courses that combine coursework with intensive travel in countries such as Rwanda, El Salvador, and Cuba.
- Geneva’s Refugee Studies program provides an opportunity for students to study refugee issues in depth, and the annual Humanitarian Conference brings some of the world’s leading experts to campus.
- Faculty members in the U.S. and Europe research issues such as genocide, statelessness, human trafficking, and disability rights.
- In London, hands-on learning in human rights is facilitated by connections with Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). The newly-established M.A. program in International Human Rights expands Webster’s curricular offerings and gives students yet another opportunity to advance their human rights education.
- The highly successful Year of International Human Rights, along with the annual Human Rights Conference, attract renowned scholars and practitioners to Saint Louis.
- Student researchers tackle some of the world’s most challenging human rights problems while writing their “Senior Overview” theses, and undergraduate researchers from around the world contribute to Webster’s Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights