Preamble section 8:
NOW, THEREFORE, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.


  1. Human Rights Education
  2. Universities and Human Rights
  3. Non-Governmental Organizations
  4. Human Rights Education and the Internet

Universities and Human Rights

Today, most universities, at least in the United States, include human rights courses, training and research centers as part of their academic programs and curricula.

One of the earliest of these initiatives was the creation of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Founded in 1978 by Dr. J Paul Martin and Professor Louis Henkin (University Professor Emeritus, Columbia Law School), the Center for the Study of Human Rights is one of the oldest University-based human rights institutions and has pioneered the promotion of human rights research, education and training at Columbia University and overseas. The Center employs an interdisciplinary approach to human rights. By convening faculty and students from a variety of perspectives, including law, international and public affairs, journalism, public health and social work, the Center attempts to engage diverse sectors to address pressing human rights issues. The Center is also committed to the education and training of emerging human rights leaders, notably through its Human Rights Advocates Training Program which brings activists from all over the world (mainly from third world countries) to the University each spring.

Some of the leading human rights programs in the world are offered at the following academic institutions:

Columbia University

Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

American University

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law

Harvard University

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Oxford University

International Human Rights Law

Tufts University

The Fletcher School at Tufts University

University of California, Berkeley

Human Rights Center, Institute of International Studies

University of Chicago

Center for International Studies, Human Rights Program

University of Essex

The Human Rights Centre

University of Iowa

Center for Human Rights

University of Minnesota

Human Rights Center

Utrecht University

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) Faculty of Law.

Yale University

Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

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Peter Danchin, Columbia University