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Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy

Nearly every major international policy dilemma raises significant issues of human rights.  From conflict resolution in Africa or the Middle East, to economic development in China or South Asia – to name only two examples – human rights are an essential element of any meaningful solution.  When these international policy dilemmas escalate to the level of complex emergencies, and a humanitarian response is called for, a policy framework based on human rights is invariably the best basis for shaping humanitarian action. Grappling with these issues requires not only human rights knowledge per se, but expertise in multiple other substantive realms.  The research, teaching, and study of human rights at SIPA and Columbia transcends traditional academic boundaries, departments, and disciplines, reaching out to practitioners as well to address the ever-increasing complexities of human rights in a globalized world.

Orientation information for New Students -- Spring 2017

Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration is excited to welcome the Class of 2019. You will find useful information supplementing SIPA HR/HP Concentration guides at your Orientation Packet. We hope you enjoy the orientation week, and we look forward to meeting you. Read more

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at Columbia | SIPA enjoys the rich intellectual resources of Columbia University devoted to the multifaceted aspects of human rights across the various schools and departments.
The concentration is designed to allow flexibility for students’ specialty within Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, offering courses in development, corporate social responsibility, climate change, gender rights, refugee rights, and so forth.
Find classes with a focus on Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy.
Capstone workshops apply the practical skills and analytical knowledge learned at SIPA to real-world issues.
Get hands-on experience in human rights and humanitarian policy internships.
Meet the remarkable scholars of SIPA's Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy program.
Faculty Research
Browse SIPA-based research in the field of human rights and humanitarian policy.
Career Paths
A career in human rights and humanitarian policy today can lead in different directions, and is potentially very versatile. No longer is it limited to organizations with a singular focus on advocacy; issues of human rights arise within governments, international governmental organizations, corporations, community organizations, and service organizations working with health, shelter, education, livelihoods, urban planning, labor, and more. Human rights now address issues like social justice, inequality, human fairness, and human dignity.
Student Profiles
Some of our remarkable students, past and present.
Student Organizations
Find a group that matches your interests.
Funding Opportunities
There are a number of potential sources of funding for Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy students at SIPA. To hear about opportunities as they are announced, contact the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy team.
Contact Us
Meet the staff of SIPA's Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy concentration.