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Projects


 

PROJECTS

 

Whether leading projects or facilitating the work of partners, we are currently focused on four broad areas of human rights practice

These areas are selected for their potential to produce large scale changes in the practice of advocacy, and measurable improvements in the enjoyment of human rights

 

 

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Projects


 

PROJECTS

 

Whether leading projects or facilitating the work of partners, we are currently focused on four broad areas of human rights practice

These areas are selected for their potential to produce large scale changes in the practice of advocacy, and measurable improvements in the enjoyment of human rights

 

 

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Canal Justicia for Index


CANAL JUSTICIA

Online legal education from the Global South

Canal Justicia for Index


CANAL JUSTICIA

Online legal education from the Global South

Our video channel provides free modular tools on Latin American legal thought with a social justice perspective


Distinguished Latin American legal scholars came together to offer a hybrid perspective--deeply knowledgeable of global literature and theories, but also anchored in and from Latin America. Collectively, we developed Canal Justicia, a growing and evolving teaching and critical resource: video tutorials focusing on key concepts, a book collecting original essays and accompanying videos of discussions of each book chapter, as well as discussion and review questions. These materials are intended to help incorporate social justice and global south thinkers into legal education. 


Read more about the iterative process of this project

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Community of Practice for Index


COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

As facilitators of collaborative design workshops, we partnered with the Open Society Foundations to find innovative answers to complex questions in human rights practice

Community of Practice for Index


COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

As facilitators of collaborative design workshops, we partnered with the Open Society Foundations to find innovative answers to complex questions in human rights practice


 

As part of the Community of Practice initiative, led by the Open Society Foundations, a group of seasoned scholars, practitioners, educators and thought leaders from across the globe met at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) to consider ways to better equip the next generation of human rights advocates.  

The group engaged in a focused, three-day session of collaborative design and problem-solving.

This session had a dual role: to develop the Lab's own methodology for collaborative innovation, and to develop potential solutions to the challenges our group defined in its previous workshop.

 

Read more about this Lab session, its process, and current prototypes


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Constitute for index


CONSTITUTE

We partnered with Google Ideas and its Constitute project to explore how this tool can serve the human rights advocates' population  

Constitute for index


CONSTITUTE

We partnered with Google Ideas and its Constitute project to explore how this tool can serve the human rights advocates' population  

The Constitute project allows users to read, search and compare all the worlds' Constitutions—194 currently. In addition, it has collected numerous historical Constitutions that are no longer in force, but may provide important background.

Constitute's initial target audience was composed of researchers and drafters of constitutions. At the Human Rights Lab, we ask: how can this tool be useful to the work of human rights advocates? 

 
 

In September, 2015, the Human Rights Lab and Constitute worked with students at the Global School on Socioeconomic Rights to learn how Constitute could contribute to their work. The Lab's work is featured in this video, by the Global School.

During the October 2016 session, students explored Constitute and identified its different uses for comparative studies about economic, social, and cultural rights.


Our work with Constitute moves forward one of the Lab's areas of focus: making ICTs more accessible to human rights advocates and, at the same time, encouraging advocates to use effective ICT tools in a way that makes their work more effective and efficient.

 
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OSF Projects Index


 

OSF PROJECT

A workshop for reflecting, reassesing and retooling

OSF Projects Index


 

OSF PROJECT

A workshop for reflecting, reassesing and retooling

Uncertainty seems to be the dominant mood in human rights circles these days. A new wave of scholarship debates foundational issues about the human rights movement, and wonders whether we have now entered its “endtimes”.

There is an increasing number of new human rights groups and issues, with information and communication technologies creating new challenges and opportunities.

In the midst of such analytical and practical bewilderment, we must step back and reflect upon the criticisms, reassess the status quo, and retool for the future. 

 

In a joint collaboration with Open Society Foundations, the Lab organized four regional workshops in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia with human rights advocates to discuss current critiques to the movement, future scenarios for the field, and potential courses of action.

 
 

Read more about the Lab sessions and their process

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Special Jurisdiction for Peace


 

SPECIAL JURISDICTION FOR PEACE

A workshop supporting the peace process in Colombia

Special Jurisdiction for Peace


 

SPECIAL JURISDICTION FOR PEACE

A workshop supporting the peace process in Colombia

 

As other transitional justice processes around the world, the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerilla faces several challenges regarding its interpretation and implementation. 

The Human Rights Lab joined Dejusticia and the Executive Secretary of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) to address one element of the current transitional justice puzzle: how to judge the role of civilians in the armed conflict. 

The session brought together lawyers, practitioners, advocates, public officials, and academics.

 

Read more about the JEP session