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Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR)

Our Vision and Mission

NUCHR logoThe Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is dedicated to promoting the universality of human rights, which can only be achieved by recognizing the difficulty in consensus, issues of cultural relativism, and the potential paradoxes in implementation and practice.

Through programming events, student-organized seminars and the culminating conference, NUCHR raises awareness of international human rights issues and fosters social activism at Northwestern and beyond. The three day undergraduate student-organized conference unites student delegates from across the country with distinguished academics, activists and policy-makers from around the globe to address a unique aspect of human rights each year. We provide a mechanism for critical discourse in order to challenge assumptions and broaden perceptions on the chosen topic.


The Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is the largest undergraduate student-organized and student-attended conference on human rights in the United States. In the past, the conference has focused on issues such as human rights and humanitarian aid, globalization and the universality of human rights, torture, human trafficking, American policy towards HIV and AIDS in the developing world, and American interventionist policy abroad. NUCHR has featured distinguished speakers including Nicholas Kristof, Nicolas De Torrente, Dirk Salmons, Mark Hanis, Dr. Sheri Fink, Romeo Dallaire, Richard Holbrooke, Bernard Kouschner, Stephen Lewis, John Miller, and Cherif Bassiouni.

NUCHR Website: http://nuchr.net

NUCHR email: conferenceonhumanrights@u.northwestern.edu

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