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Ethics Center concludes the 11th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, in Copenhagen biij2016
Center director Dan Terris and director of Programs in International Justice and Society Leigh Swigart convened the 11th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, an institutional partnership between the Center and iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Read more here.

ENACT Faculty Fellows from 15 States Come to Brandeis to Support “Laboratories of Democracy”
ENACT Fellows in discussion at the ENACT Institute

In May, the Ethics Center welcomed the inaugural cohort of 15 ENACT Faculty Fellows to Brandeis for a 5-day institute. They hail from colleges and universities in or near state capitals across the US, and are leading the expansion of ENACT, which builds on an initiative begun at Brandeis. Read more.

Remembering Former Board Member Michael Ratner '66Michael Ratner

The Ethics Center notes with sorrow the passing of passionate, principled human rights attorney Michael Ratner ’66, a former member of our International Advisory Board. Read our remembrance.

100Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Louis D. Brandeis’ Appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court

Brandeis University presented an exciting series of events through the spring of 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary LDB's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The series began on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the 100th anniversary to the day of President Woodrow Wilson’s nomination of Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Videos, photos, transcripts and more are online.

Theaster Gates named 2015-16 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life gates

Acclaimed artist and social activist Theaster Gates was named the 2015-16 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life. The fellowship brought Gates to the Brandeis campus from March 21 through March 24, including a public talk on Wednesday, March 23. Read more here.

Winter/Spring Newsletter now in print and onlineNewsletter SF 2016

The newest issue of "Ethics Central" is now available, featuring news, updates and opportunities from the Ethics Center. Read it here.

"The Responsibility to Protect at 10" papers now onliner2p header
Papers based on the presentations made by a number of conference participants are now available in PDF format. These papers represent an array of perspectives on R2P and contribute to a historical, theoretical and analytical understanding of the doctrine, its potential and its limitations. Read more.

5th annual 'DEIS Impact a successgermaine ingram

Ingram’s keynote address, “The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice," was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Read more about Ingram's visit and other ’DEIS Impact events here. See the Facebook event here.

Martha Minow, winner of 2015-16 Gittler Prize, formally honored marthaminnow

Brandeis University has selected Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, as the winner of the 2015-16 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. Minow was formally honored at a ceremony and reception at Brandeis on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at which she gave a public lecture. In addition, she met with students, faculty and staff in smaller group settings. Read the full article here.

Ethical Inquiry: "The Ethics of Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome: Is Knowing Always Better?"DNA

Prenatal testing for Down syndrome creates a series of ethical questions related to choice, autonomy and quality of life.  Explore the issues in our newest Ethical Inquiry, researched and written by Leah Igdalsky '14. Read it. 

The Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)
Seeking Lives of Purpose

The Center helped launch a new minor at Brandeis focused on the intersection of peacebuilding, justice and culture. Read more about the CAST minor.

Podcast: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music"Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp

Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.


The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the ArtsPrograms in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:

Programs in International Justice and Society

Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Transforming Violence Through Creativity


The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation
  • A new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Details.
  • 15 Faculty Fellows from colleges and universities across the country have joined Brandeis in the ENACT network.

Brandeis Campus Programs

Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders