|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.|
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:
Peter Danchin, Columbia University