The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.

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The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.


Summer Heat Kills Inmates in Prisons, and That Needs to Change
University of Texas KNOW
June 26, 2014
Every summer, the TDCJ subjects its prisoners to deadly temperature and humidity levels, and violates prisoners' human and constitutional rights and their rights to health, life and dignity.

Rapoport Center Administrator Billy Chandler Wins President's Outstanding Staff Award
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 7, 2014
The Outstanding Staff Awards Program recognizes UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university.

Rapoport Center Announces its Summer & Fall Fellows for 2014
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 5, 2014
Eleven UT law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Fellows for this summer and fall.

Faculty affiliate Barbara Hines awarded the 2014 Tower Award for Outstanding Service-Learning Professor
April 29, 2014

Prisoners Dying from Human Rights Abuses in Texas Prisons
April 22, 2014
The Human Rights Clinic has released a report, Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons, that claims that conditions in TDCJ prisons violate the human rights of its inmates.

Faculty affiliate Denise Gilman wins major FOIA battle related to construction of Texas-Mexico border wall
The Daily Texan
March 25, 2014
Six years after her initial request for public records regarding federally built fences along the Texas-Mexico border, UT law professor Denise Gilman has passed a significant barrier in receiving the documents.

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Upcoming Events

October 6, 2014
[Colloquium on Health & Human Rights]
Sexual and Reproductive Health: Inequality and Human Rights
  • Sofia Gruskin, J.D., M.I.A., Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Law, University of Southern California
October 22, 2014
[Colloquium on Health & Human Rights]
What is (a) Life Worth? Genealogy and Anthropology of Inequality
  • Didier Fassin, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
November 3, 2014
[Colloquium on Health & Human Rights]
Bioethics and Human Rights: Can Human Rights Survive the Posthuman?
  • George Annas, J.D., M.P.H., William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
November 17, 2014
[Colloquium on Health & Human Rights]
Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa
  • Raj Patel, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin; Visiting Professor, Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa
December 1, 2014
[World AIDS Day Conference]
Title TBA

Spring 2015 (date TBA)
[Annual Conference]
Frances T. "Sissy" Farenthold: A Woman of Principle