Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative

About the Initiative

Human rights and global justice are under threat in nearly every part of the world. From human trafficking, to instability in post-conflict zones, to mass incarceration in the United States, striving for the human rights of global citizens remains one of our most pressing social, political, and economic issues. This initiative is the result of the hard work of a dedicated group of scholars and practitioners focusing on education and action with the goal of eradicating violations of human rights and securing justice worldwide.

Programs

This initiative makes George Mason University (GMU) – a campus dedicated to social justice and human rights issues in both word and action – its home. We are planning the following programs and welcome potential partners:

Upcoming Programs

  • Symposium/Workshops/Panel Discussions on Human Rights and Global Justice: to discuss the cutting-edge research on human rights and global justice and to address some of the world's most pressing social problems
  • International Human Rights and Global Justice Conference: to bring academics, policy-makers and practitioners together to contribute to the innovative study of large-scale human rights and global justice issues
  • International Activist/Advocate Network: to establish a community dedicated to connecting and bolstering scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders committed to justice work
  • An online platform or community for social justice and human rights activists and advocates around the world: to provide a clearinghouse for cutting edge research and evidence-based best practices
  • Continuing education and post-graduate CEU or credit-based courses/summer programs: to offer an opportunity for social justice and human rights activists and advocates to advance their careers

Upcoming Event:

Race, the Origin Story of the Criminal Legal System, and the Future of Reform

Join us for this important, live, virtual discussion featuring special speaker Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, followed by topical break-out discussion groups focusing on Racial Justice, Legal Reform and Restorative Justice, Activism: Domestic and International, and Change-Making and Well-Being.    

Founders

Dr. Cher Weixia Chen

Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Email: wchen12@gmu.edu

Dr. Susan Hirsch

Professor, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Email: shirsch4@gmu.edu

Dr. Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron

Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Email: gmccarro@gmu.edu