2021 — Between Peril and Potential: Human Rights Advocacy in the Wake of a Global Pandemic

December 2-4, 2021


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The global pandemic has rapidly broken down boundaries and structures—from personal to social to institutional. Long-standing practices and norms have changed radically to respond to the current crisis, while some institutional and political dynamics contrary to human rights and democracy have become further entrenched. New pressures on human rights are also heightened by the pandemic, including rights to privacy, access to health, and digital capitalism. This crisis has shown that for human rights, the perils and potentials have increased hand in hand.

In this spirit, the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton convenes the 2021 Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR) conference to address the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has created for human rights advocacy.

Browse the contents of 2021 — Between Peril and Potential: Human Rights Advocacy in the Wake of a Global Pandemic:

Vaccine Equity as a Human Rights Agenda
Vaccine Equity as a Human Rights Agenda
The Role of Universities in Promoting Human Rights in Cities And Communities
The Role of Universities in Promoting Human Rights in Cities And Communities
The Climate Crisis, Sustainable Development, and New Frontiers
The Climate Crisis, Sustainable Development, and New Frontiers
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events
Extremism, Rhetoric, and Democratic Precarity
Extremism, Rhetoric, and Democratic Precarity
The Emergence of New Human Rights Methods and Tactics
The Emergence of New Human Rights Methods and Tactics
On the Move: Migrant Rights and the Pandemic
On the Move: Migrant Rights and the Pandemic
Literature, Art, and Civil Resistance
Literature, Art, and Civil Resistance
Laudato Si, Environmental Justice, and Care for Our Community
Laudato Si, Environmental Justice, and Care for Our Community
Utilizing International Human Rights Frameworks and Treaties to Advocate in Local Communities
Utilizing International Human Rights Frameworks and Treaties to Advocate in Local Communities
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Realization of Human Rights
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Realization of Human Rights
Challenges and Trends in Corporate Accountability
Challenges and Trends in Corporate Accountability