The University of Dayton Human Rights Center presents the biennial conference The Social Practice of Human Rights, set for October 1-3, 2015, on the University of Dayton’s River Campus.

Through its research panels, roundtables, keynote addresses, and plenary sessions focused on sustainable development goals, this conference provides a unique space for scholars, practitioners and advocates to engage in collaboration, dialogue and critical analysis of human rights advocacy, both locally and globally.


Welcome events: Thursday, Oct. 1 >>>
Friday, October 2 sessions >>>
Saturday, October 3 sessions >>>


2015 Conference program>>>
Panel and presentation abstracts >>>


  • César Rodríguez Garavito, International Director and founder of DeJusticia in Colombia
  • Tariq Banuri, Professor of Economics and City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah; former UN consultant
  • David Schilling, Senior Program Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility


  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Mark Ensalaco, Associate Professor and Director of Human Rights Research at the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center
  • Richard Hiskes, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Grand Valley State University
  • Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Climate Gap Initiative at the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
  • Jane Sloane, Vice President of Programs at Global Fund for Women
  • Kate Donald, Director of the Human Rights in Development Program at the Center for Economic and Social Rights
  • Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network
  • Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director of the Disability Rights Fund
  • Katy Love, Senior Program Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Matthew Hart, Founder and Principal of the LaFayette Practice
  • Mona Chun, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group
  • Jason Franklin, Former Executive Director of Bolder Giving

Browse the contents of The Social Practice of Human Rights:

Visualizing Rights
Visualizing Rights
Thursday, Oct. 1
Schedule for Thursday, Oct. 1
Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking
Scholars and practitioners share the latest knowledge and strategies concerning sexual violence and human trafficking
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Schedule for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Roundtable — Teaching Human Rights Inside and Outside the Classroom: Education Without Borders
Developing courses and training on methods and ethics
Rethinking Rights
Scholars and practitioners share new ways to see human rights
Religion and Human Rights
Religion and Human Rights
Migrants and Minorities
Human rights scholars and advocates share their research and experiences regarding migrants and minorities
Media and the Digital Age
Media and the Digital Age
Justice and Judicial Systems
Scholars and practitioners share their research and experience on human rights in justice and judicial systems
Human Rights Attitudes in a World Society
Human Rights Attitudes in a World Society
Human Rights Education
An examination of approaches to education in human rights research, practice and advocacy
Humanitarian Concerns
Scholarly and professional commentary on current humanitarian concerns
Friday, October 2, 2015
Schedule for Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Framing Human Rights
Scholars and practitioners share their research and experience on framing human rights
Engaging in Human Rights Work
Engaging in Human Rights Work
Critical Reflections
Critical reflections on human rights research and practice
Case Studies in Human Rights Activism
Case Studies in Human Rights Activism
Advocacy – Global and Local