Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Friday, October 12, 2018

Threats and Challenges to Kosovo’s Sovereignty is a collection of essays from prominent scholars and opinion-leaders in Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Turkey and the United States. Essays explore some of the most sensitive issues effecting Kosovo’s status and the way forward. The publication serves as a wake-up call. It is a warning to policy-makers and civic actors in directly affected countries, as well as leaders in Western Europe and the United States who are stakeholders in Kosovo’s secular, pro-western democracy.

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Thursday, July 19, 2018

ISHR’s Human Rights Summer Program, developed in conjunction with the School of Professional Studies, emphasiz-es the interaction between human rights theory and practice and offers students the opportunity to explore human rights both inside and outside the classroom.

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Institute for the Study and Human Rights and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race are pleased to announce the new publication &ldquoWalking and Learning with Indigenous Peoples: A Contribution to the 5th Anniversary of the International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy at Columbia University”.

Edited by Pamela Calla and Elsa Stamatopoulou, the book is available via Columbia’s Academic Commons.

The book has been conceptualized to bring out the relevance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through an analysis of various thematic and geographical areas and case studies. It is written by alumni of the international Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy that has been held at Columbia from 2013-2017. 

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The international symposium was organized and co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program) and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society in collaboration with UNESCO, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations. Some 80 people from all regions participated in the Symposium which was held to support the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. The Outcome Summary Document of the Symposium identifies challenges and good practices and make a number of recommendations to a variety of actors for future work in this area.

Click here to read a summary of observations, lessons learned and recommendations at the "Global Justice for Indigenous Languages: A Symposium" (APRIL 30, 2018)

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Friday, April 13, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018

The following activities were designed primarily for use by law faculty in Myanmar as part of the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar Project run by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University with the support of Open Society Foundations. Specifically, the intended users are educators who are teaching International Human Rights Law to 3rd-year LLB students in Myanmar. However, our hope is that these activities will also be of use to educators in other contexts. These activities are designed with the expectation that each educator will modify them to suit the needs of their learners.  

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Friday, January 12, 2018
Institute for the Study for Human Rights
Sunday, December 3, 2017
David L.
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A new report from Columbia University’s David L. Phillips criticizes the EU-mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, and recommends a more robust and collaborative role for the EU and United States.

Implementation Review of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue proposes a new format for international mediation. It suggests a deadline of 18 months to conclude negotiations. An EU Monitoring Mission would report on progress. If either party obstructs, the EU would suspend its mediation and freeze EU funds. Serbia’s negotiations to become a member of the EU would be calibrated to progress in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. “No progress, no chapters” is the guiding principle.

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
On August 21‐22, 2017, Columbia University hosted a regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to identify gaps in the works of the United Nations Treaty Body System and to offer recommendations for how to improve the effectiveness of individual treaty bodies, or the System as a whole. The Consultation was organized to prepare for the 2020 United Nations Treaty Body review set out in General Assembly Resolution 68/268 (2014). The two‐day discussion was co‐facilitated by the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, with the support of the Columbia Global Center in Amman.