Kathryn Sikkink

Kathryn Sikkink

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice. Her latest books include Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century and The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics.



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Human Rights: Advancing the Frontier of Emancipation

Kathryn Sikkink

The human rights movement serves as inspiration and guide for the larger movement of systemic transformation. Human rights are inherently supranational and expansive, so that each triumph opens a new front in a widening circle of rights.

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