Cambridge (MA), September 2015

This fall I am teaching Human Rights and Foreign Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. The class welcomes activists, scholars, serving military and future diplomats from a host of countries. It will be focusing on what is toughest about human rights: getting the norms enforced, protecting the people who need protection the most and trying to prevent states from trading away vital human rights principles.

Human rights are under siege these days. Authoritarian states—China and Russia, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, the list is long—are stepping up their repression against human rights defenders and democratic governments are walking away from human rights commitments to migrants and refugees on their own borders and political dissidents in authoritarian regimes. Teaching is one small way to do my bit, but it’s also the best way to learn. I’m looking forward to learning from the truly astonishing activists and public servants who take the course.

Michael Ignatieff


Constructing a Just Social and Global Order, Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law, King's College, London - Thursday, October 15, 6:30-7:30 PM

History & Foreign Policy Panel, German American Conference, Memorial Church, Harvard University - Friday, October 30, 10:15 AM

Global Ethics Dialogue, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, South Africa - December 4-10