Image: Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain. seminar on religion, and human rights.

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The Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights houses global projects that consciously engage across academia, policymaking, and activism for the greater good.


The flagship projects of the Initiative are the Global Women's Narratives Project (founded as a UNESCO Chair project funded by the Carnegie Council and now a partner of Oxford Global PeaceTech), and the Oxford Global Workshops—short courses held at Oxford on current issues in global ethics and human rights with experiential field components. Our short seminars draw on Oxford faculty from across disciplines alongside dedicated practitioners and policymakers.


As a community, we are committed to creating projects and seminars on understudied topics such as understandings of war and peace through the arts and humanities, and the lived experiences of women in religion, health, war and peace, identity, gendered violence, and development.

Originally founded in 2018 by Dr. Julia Amos (Oxford), Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson (Oxford, UNESCO) and Dr. Melissa Rowe (RAND Corp), the Initiative has since grown to join with global universities, cities, institutes, NGOs, nonprofits, and governmental actors. We have offices in Oxford and Los Angeles and nonprofit 501c3 educational charity status.


Future collaborations in progress include a conflict narrative project in Eritrea, a law and religion narrative project in Brazil, annual summer conferences with the International Human Rights Law Association (Oxford), developing narrative therapeutic models of scalable PTSD diagnostic tools for women survivors of violence, a series on writing about conflict with poet Damian Gorman from Northern Ireland, children's libraries for refugee camps in Greece with fellow Manas Ghanem, and a Moral Courage Academy with Irshad Manji.

Oxford Initiative 2020 delegates are warmly invited to a mixture of poetry reading and group chat with award-winning Northern Irish poet and peace activist DAMIAN GORMAN. As well as reading and talking about some of his poetry, Damian will also discuss the issues which can come up when you're working with people to make something public out of their own stories of conflict.





A Zoom event with

Damian Gorman

Wednesday 24 June 6:00 PM (UTC)

From Belfast, Northern Ireland



Kevin Boyle and the Rise of

the Human Rights Movement


Tuesday 24 March 5:00 PM–6:30 PM

Followed by a wine reception

Held at Merton College (Mure Room)

University of Oxford

Photo credit: (Peter Orme, Daily Telegraph) shows Kevin Boyle, (centre) at the launch of the Rushdie campaign in 1998/9 with (l/r) Kazuo Ishiguro, Arnold Wesker, Frances D’Souza and Harold Pinter.

ARTICLE 19 and the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights join to host a seminar on the development of the human rights movement as we know it today, through the life of one man, human rights giant the late Kevin Boyle. Boyle’s biographer, former veteran CNN foreign correspondent Mike Chinoy, will speak about his new book on Boyle’s pivotal role in several of the most important campaigns to have shaped human rights internationally. Chinoy will be joined by Paddy Coulter, Chair of ARTICLE 19, Borislav Petranov, Director of Global Rights and Accountability for the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, and Denise Dora, Regional Director for ARTICLE 19 in Brazil and South America. Together they will assess Boyle’s legacy and take stock of where the international human rights movement now stands.

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The Global Women's Narratives Project (GWNP) was founded by the  UNESCO Chair on Global Humanities and Ethics with initial funding from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

The Global Women's Narratives Project (GWNP) interviews and makes available the personal narratives of lived experiences of women around the world. These shared interviews and reflections focus on what is potentially unique to women in the context of global ethical inquiry--and inform and connect education to issues specific to the practical experiences of women in their daily lives. Themes include war and peace, health, identity, religion, and work life.


For more information see GWNP or write to founder Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson at


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March 22 - 28, 2020 | Held at Merton College, Oxford

War understood as an intractable human constant can often be demoralizing. Yet there is much to celebrate in successful peace building endeavors, strategic moral diplomacy, and the resilience of the human spirit.


The study of war and peace at the University of Oxford dates back to the 1500s with notable contributions to just war thinking and the ethics of war. This seminar will address new challenges linked to global health, women in war, developments in peace technology, the environment, forced migration, violent non-state groups, and the role of economic development.

More about the history of Merton College.


Schedule March 2020 seminar

Faculty March 2019/2020 seminars

Schedule March 2019 seminar

Fellows collaborate with the Oxford Initiative on ongoing projects, design signature sessions for our seminars, and participate in our community of scholars.


Images above from left: Dr. Catia Confortini from Wellesley College with attendees, lecturer Asil Sidahmed, Advocacy Strategy for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Julia Amos of Oxford's War and Peace Network and attendees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Wellesley College, Claremont College, and Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics & Human Rights  | c/o Harris Manchester College

Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TD, UK

Global Women's Narratives Project   |  c/o address above or USA

200 S. Ave, 66, Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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