Current News at the Institute

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ISHR celebrated the end of another successful academic year with the annual end of year reception on Thursday, April 27th. Four graduating students presented their theses:

Grace Beya, Human Rights Studies M.A. Program

  • Sexual Violence Beyond the War: Dismantling and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

Iva Gumniska, Human Rights Major

Kunal Kanodia, B.A. 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017

Kunal Kanodia is a Human Rights Major at Columbia College graduating in May 2017.

RightsViews article by Amanda Graham
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In a new RightsViews article, graduate student Amanda Graham examines the potential of blockchain, a digital distributed platform used for tracking and validating transactions, to overcome problems of accountability surrounding a number of human rights issues. 

By Bárbara Matias
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Socio-economic rights rarely make headlines and many human rights violations remain invisible. This is worrying at a time when socio-economic rights are under great pressure and at the same time are more important than ever. With threats ranging from global financial crises to local water crises, and economic inequalities to rising xenophobic rhetoric, the human rights discourse has become ever so valuable, yet its potential remains unrealized.

Alexandra Rizio
Monday, April 3, 2017

A 2006 graduate of Columbia College with a concentration in Human Rights, Alexandra Rizio now serves as a Supervising Attorney at the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to unaccompanied immigration children facing deportation. In this role, Alexandra represents children, most of whom have fled Central America, in immigration and family court proceedings, and mentors pro bono attorneys in their cases.