The Institute for Human Rights at UAB serves as an internationally renowned platform for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration for scholars, educators, students, practitioners, and activists to raise awareness, engage in education, foster research, and design initiatives for practical action and outreach resulting in the promotion and protection of human and civil rights locally, nationally, and globally.

Our vision is to prepare, transform, and support the leaders of the global human rights community by creating innovative educational programs, research initiatives, and outreach solutions.


The Institute for Human Rights was initiated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences along with key faculty members in 2014 to provide a framework for Birmingham’s human and civil rights activities and to connect the city's historical significance in the struggle for civil rights to national and international collaborative initiatives. The IHR was established in 2014 and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ambassador Andrew Young: "Birmingham was the cradle of the nonviolent movement for human rights." (UAB, August 30, 2013)