The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights both locally and globally. Its mission is 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.

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  • Creating Model Health Communities: Post-Summits Report 

    Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; Dell Medical School; St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (2015-09)
  • Annual Review 2014-2015 

    Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice (Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2015)
  • Annual Review 2013-2014 

    Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice (Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2014)
    The 2013-2014 Annual Review is our 10th Anniversary Edition and features a close look at what we did last year in each of our principal areas of teaching, research, and advocacy, situated within a bird’s eye view of what ...
  • Annual Review 2009-2010 

    Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice (Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2010)
    Highlights of the 2009-2010 Annual Review include a new UT undergraduate seminar on human rights, reports on student internships in Tanzania and Costa Rica, an investigation into the impact of walls on human rights, the ...
  • Unofficial Accountability: A Proposal for the Permanent Women's Tribunal on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict 

    Terrell, Fleming (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2005)
    The ongoing sexual violation of women during recent conflicts stands in sharp contrast to increasing recognition that rape, sexual slavery, and other forms of sexual violence in armed conflict violate international law. ...
  • Orphans' or Veterans? Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor 

    Harris Rimmer, Susan (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2006)
    All over East Timor, one can find “orphans” whose parents still live, and “wives” who have never been married. These labels mask an open secret in Timorese society—hundreds of babies were born of rape during the Indonesian ...
  • The Path to Gender Justice in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 

    Palacios Zuloaga, Patricia (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2007)
    In an individual opinion annexed to a December 2006 decision, the President of the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights stated that the case in hand was the first one to ever present the Court with women’s human rights ...
  • Violence against Women as Sex Discrimination: Evaluating the Policy and Practice of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies 

    Edwards, Alice (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2008)
    Violence against women is one of the greatest threats to women‟s equality and equal enjoyment of human rights. Yet, there is no single treaty provision explicitly prohibiting violence against women within any of the eight ...
  • Verbal Abuse: Anti-Trafficking Rhetoric and Violence Against Women 

    Gaber, Sherief (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2009)
    There is a significant debate in contemporary feminist political thought and amongst activist organizations regarding the “trafficking of women” and the questions and problems attendant to this phenomenon. Furthermore, ...
  • New Wine in Old Wineskins? New Problems in the Use of Electronic Evidence in Human Rights Investigations and Prosecutions 

    O'Neill, Kathleen; Sentilles, Della; Brinks, Daniel M. (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2014-12-18)
  • Enhancing Women’s Rights and Capabilities: An Intersectional Approach to Gender-Based Violence Prevention 

    Corser, Maggie (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-01)
    Drawing on post-colonial feminist theory, this thesis provides a critical assessment of United Nations (UN) gender-based violence theory and practice. Chapter One provides epistemic critiques of UN agencies’ current ...
  • False Dichotomies of Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Combatants in Colombia 

    Tabak, Shana (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-02)
    In Colombia’s decades-long armed conflict, between one-fourth to one-third of combatants are women. This paper addresses the problem of reintegrating female combatants in Colombia’s violent conflict into civil society after ...
  • Continuing Uncertainties: Forced Marriage as a Crime Against Humanity 

    Del Vecchio, Jennifer (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-03)
    On 22 February 2008, the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) delivered its judgment in the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) case. This decision stands out as unique for setting significant ...
  • Wearing Out Arizona 

    Soto, Sandra K. (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-04)
    In “Wearing Out Arizona,” Sandra Soto describes and analyzes what her colleague K. Tsianina Lomawaima has aptly coined Arizona’s “regressive suite of legislation.” Seeking to further marginalize the growing Latino community ...
  • Thinking Past Rights: Towards Feminist Theories of Reparations 

    Painter, Genevieve Renard (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-05)
    The notion of reparations encompasses debates about the relationship between individual and society, the nature of political community, the meaning of justice, and the impact of rights in social change. In international ...
  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011): Libya in the Dock 

    Harlow, Barbara; Kahozi, Daniel; Lixinski, Lucas; Carter, Caroline (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2011-06)
    This paper examines Libya’s most recent (and ongoing) uprising—following the largely peaceful popular overthrows of the repressive governments in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt (and complemented by the more violent and still ...
  • Legal Empowerment of the Poor: The Re-emergence of a Lost Strand of Human Rights? 

    von Broembsen, Marlese (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2012-01)
    This paper considers the contribution of the UNDP’s Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) framework to the rights and poverty reduction discourse. It argues that the value of LEP, as envisaged by its architect, Stephen Golub, ...
  • From Structural to Symbolic Dimensions of State Autonomy: Brazil’s AIDS Treatment Program and Global Power Dynamics 

    Flynn, Matthew (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2012-02)
    Theories of globalization debate the current role of the state in the contemporary world, specifically questioning how much autonomy or policy space the state has to enact policies considered to be in a country’s interest. ...
  • ‘The People Follow the Mullah, and the Mullah Follows the People’: Politics of Aid and Gender in Afghanistan post-2001 

    Wu, Joyce (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2012-03)
    This article is based on two months of fieldwork conducted in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010. It is a feminist reflection on the politics of aid, gender, and religion within the context of civil society organizations’ efforts ...
  • Archiving Memory after Mass Atrocities 

    Ciorciari, John D. (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2012-04)
    Archiving and disseminating records of past atrocities is crucial in societies emerging from periods of conflict or repressive rule. It advances victims’ “right to the truth” and promotes broader social goals of accountability ...

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