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“Change It Up!” Event Introduces Students to Lawyering for Social Change

More than 40 1Ls and transfer students gathered Friday, Sept. 5, for Texas Law’s second annual “Change It Up!,” a social justice orientation hosted by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the Capital Punishment Center, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and 25 student groups. The orientation was designed to […]


Rapoport Center announces its 2013 summer and fall fellows

Eleven Law School students have been selected by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice as Rapoport Center Fellows for summer and fall 2013. They will work with nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad. Their projects include aiding human rights victims and political refugees, researching civil rights and civil liberties, assisting international courts and tribunals in prosecuting human rights and humanitarian violations, advocating for individuals with disabilities, and pursuing impact litigation on behalf of farmworkers.


Rapoport Center to host ninth annual conference, “Impunity, Justice, and the Human Rights Agenda,” February 7–8, 2013

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, “Impunity, Justice, and the Human Rights Agenda,” to take place February 7–8, 2013. This year’s conference will bring together scholars, human rights advocates, and policy makers from around the world to assess critically the human rights movement’s focus on anti-impunity.


Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Mala Htun to discuss “Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America,” October 16, 2012

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will present the next lecture in its Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series on October 16, 2012. Professor Mala Htun of the University of New Mexico will present a talk entitled “Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, October 16, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law. Light refreshments will be served.


The Rapoport Center's 2012–2013 Human Rights Scholars are, left to right, Meredith Weaver, Vanshika Vij, and  Mark Dawson.

Rapoport Center announces 2012–2013 Human Rights Scholars

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law has named three law students as Rapoport Center Human Rights Scholars for the 2012–2013 school year. Mark Dawson, Vanshika Vij, and Meredith Weaver were selected by a committee of international law faculty on the basis of their academic credentials, leadership skills, and dedication to human rights work. Each of the students will receive a scholarship.


The 2012 fall and summer Rapoport Fellows are (front row, left to right) Will Chambers, Gwen Vindell, Alejandra Avila, Mackenzie Meador, (back row, left to right) Derek VerHagen, Scott Mandarich, Ryan Meltzer, Mark Dawson, and Catherine Wagner. Salima Pirmohamed is not pictured.

Rapoport Center announces its 2012 summer and fall Fellows

Eleven University of Texas School of Law students have been selected by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice as Rapoport Center Fellows for summer and fall 2012. They will work with nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations in destinations as diverse as Mumbai, India; Washington, D.C.; and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Their projects include investigating cases of disappeared persons, implementing corporate accountability campaigns, assisting in genocide prosecutions, researching litigation on prisoners’ rights, and building the legal capacity of impoverished populations.


Rapoport Center to host eighth annual conference on property rights and the human rights agenda, March 1–2, 2012

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference, “Property Rights and the Human Rights Agenda,” to take place March 1–2, 2012. This multidisciplinary and comparative conference will explore the ambivalent relationship between human rights and property and the extent to which the right to property might advance a human rights agenda.


Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Jorge Contesse to discuss “Inter-American Constitutionalism: The Creation and Internalization of Human Rights,” February 20, 2012

On Monday, February 20, 2012, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host the first Human Rights Happy Hour of the Spring semester. Professor Jorge Contesse of the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, will present a talk entitled “Inter-American Constitutionalism: The Creation and Internalization of Human Rights.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. in TNH 3.142 at the University of Texas School of Law.


Human Rights Happy Hour: Henry Steiner to discuss “Muslims in Europe: Multiculturalism, Cultural Clash, Human Rights,” November 14, 2011

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host a Human Rights Happy Hour featuring Professor Henry Steiner of Harvard University. Steiner will present a talk entitled “Muslims in Europe: Multiculturalism, Cultural Clash, Human Rights.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law.


Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Inderpal Grewal to discuss “Humanitarian Citizenship and Race: Katrina and the Global War on Terror,” September 19, 2011

On Monday, September 19, 2011, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host the first Human Rights Happy Hour of the Fall semester. Professor Inderpal Grewal of Yale University will present a talk entitled “Humanitarian Citizenship and Race: Katrina and the Global War on Terror.” The event, which is free and open to the […]