Global Crises and the Renewed Relevance of Human Rights

A Conversation with the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

In the third decade of the new millennium, the simultaneity, speed, and depth of existential challenges like climate change, geopolitical instability, war, technological disruption, and intensifying social inequalities are testing the traditional human rights paradigm like never before.

The UN Human Rights Council plays an essential role in creating, enforcing, and shaping the future of international human rights law. This roundtable conversation convenes the Council’s President, Ambassador Federico Villegas, with NYU Law’s Pablo de Greiff and César Rodríguez-Garavito to explore the multiple challenges to the human rights regime and its ability to tackle these existential issues.


  • Federico Villegas, President, UN Human Rights Council
  • Pablo de Greiff,Director of the Prevention Project & Transitional Justice Program, NYU Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  • César Rodríguez-Garavito, Professor of Clinical Law and Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU Law

This is an in-person event open to the NYU community. There is limited seating, so make sure you register today!


WHEN: April 19, 2022 from 5-6p ET

WHERE: Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 245 Sullivan Street 9th Floor