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.


Research Opportunities



Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

Each summer, the Rapoport Center extends a call for papers for the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights. The $1,000 prize is awarded to the winner of this interdisciplinary writing competition. In addition, the winning paper may be considered for publication online in the Rapoport Center's Human Rights Working Paper Series. Learn more.

Working Paper Series

The Working Paper Series is dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue about international human rights law and discourse. We encourage submissions from scholars of all disciplines as well as from activists and advocates that contribute to the Rapoport Center's mission to build a multidisciplinary community engaged in the study and practice of human rights that promotes the economic and political enfranchisement of marginalized individuals and groups both locally and globally. Learn more.

Working Groups

The Rapoport Center sponsors collaborative working groups that research various human rights topics that our affiliated faculty initiate. These groups are comprised of faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus. The goals of the working group program include: identifying and generating sustained attention to critical issues on the leading edge of human rights scholarship; fostering ongoing interaction and intellectual cooperation among affiliated faculty; and encouraging the development of a unique brand of human rights scholarship that is multidisciplinary, critical, theoretically innovative, and empirically and practically informed. Learn more.

Human Rights Collections at UT

As part of our commitment to human rights research, the Rapoport Center works UT Libraries to preserve, promote and expand the presence and use of human rights archives at the University of Texas. The acquisition of such collections as the George Lister papers and the Joyce Horman archives are part of a collaborative project between the UT Libraries and the Rapoport Center to make accessible primary resources on and about human rights. Learn more.

Visiting Research Scholars

The Rapoport Center joins with the Jamail Center for Legal Research at the University of Texas School of Law's Tarlton Law Library to provide visiting research opportunities for scholars who pursue independent research projects related to human rights law and advocacy. Learn more.


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Law professors Karen Engle (center) and Gerald Torres (right) discuss their current research on cultural rights and self-determination with an audience of students and faculty. Anthropology professor Shannon Speed (left) acts as moderator.