Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

About the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies

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To promote a more just, peaceful and secure world by furthering a deeper understanding of global human rights and humanitarian challenges and encouraging collaboration between local communities, academics and practitioners to develop innovative solutions to these challenges.


  • Promote rigorous, interdisciplinary research in both human rights and humanitarianism and explore both synergies and tensions between these fields.
  • Reimagine the education and training of the next generation of humanitarian and human rights researchers, educators and responders.
  • Support human rights and humanitarian programming that engages faculty, visiting scholars and practitioners from communities around the globe to explore current crises and share best practices.
  • Enable students—undergraduate, graduate, and medical—to become engaged in human rights and humanitarian work through action-learning (internship) opportunities.
  • Leverage our alumni network to support current students in mentorship, professional development, career placement and inspiration.

For more information, please contact the CHRHS Director, Dr. Adam C. Levine (adam_levine@brown.edu).

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