HRP assists in organizing and funding one student-initiated conference and a larger number of panels annually. The conference should be on a topic of significant interest, and students must be able and willing to provide the necessary time and expertise. A selection of previous conferences include:
United Nations Reform & Human Rights - This conference brought together leading scholars and practitioners in the field of international humanitarian law and experts on the United Nations to evaluate the current status of the UN and to address future directions for the various Charter Bodies, such as the Commission on Human Rights and the Security Council. It also addressed new UN approaches to humanitarian intervention, and the impact of UN reform on economic, social, and cultural rights. To view video excerpts and more from this conference, please click here.
Nigeria: From Crisis to Sustainable Democracy - This conference focused on the transition in Nigeria and the diverse problems facing the government and civil society in that nation.
Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights - This conference, organized by the staff of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, focused on the tensions between the universality of human rights and the cultural challenges presented by differing belief systems.
From the Precipice of War to the Path of Peace: A Symposium on Kashmir - This symposium facilitated academic discussion among intellectuals from India, Pakistan, Kashmir, and the United States about peaceful and long-lasting solutions to the Kashmir conflict.
Sexual Rites, Human Rights: Activists and Academics in Discussion - This student-initiated conference explored how domestic and international human rights address sexuality, both strategically and doctrinally. For more information on this conference, click here.