Past Event

Collective rights and Human Rights Education

November 16, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 802

Collective Rights and Human Rights Education: Lessons from the Indigenous Navigator

The collective human rights to which Indigenous peoples are entitled are part and parcel of seminal international law documents that should guide the United Nations’ approach to Indigenous peoples. Yet, the human rights-based approach largely uses the language of individual human rights. How does a collective human rights-based approach look like in international partnerships focusing on Indigenous peoples? What role does human rights education play for Indigenous peoples in the spread and fulfillment of their collective human rights? In her doctoral dissertation[1], Romina Quezada studied whether education projects in Bolivia administered by the Indigenous Navigator international partnership enhanced Indigenous participation, notably in the east of the country. The theoretical framework built on political science, education, and development studies. The results touched on the assets of the human rights-based approach for all partners, with human rights education being only mentioned as an added benefit. In this seminar, Quezada incorporates to her analysis human rights education definitions and models, notably those put forth by Tibbitts[2], to expand on her conclusions about the Indigenous Navigator’s potential for transformation.

Speaker: Dr. Romina Quezada Morales

Discussant: Dr. Felisa Tibbitts  

Reply Request (RSVP): Please RSVP by emailing the seminar rapporteur Sara Pan ([email protected])



Before the event, there will be a dinner held at the Faculty House, Columbia University (64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner is optional and separate from the talk itself. The full-course dinner’s price is $30 per guest for non-students and $20 for students. Payment can be made with a credit card, US bank checks, or cash. Checks should be made payable to "Columbia University," and the following should be written on the memo line: “[Indigenous Studies] Dinner Payment".


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