Reimagining human rights together.



We believe that human rights work best when its many actors converse, learn, and innovate across geographic, linguistic, and disciplinary lines. OpenGlobalRights gathers those voices, providing a space where different ideas and experiences enrich our understanding of what human rights are and what they can be in the work of creating a more just and sustainable world.



A collaborative editorial process and consistent translation brings you accessible, quality content in multiple languages

Facilitating reflection,
action and innovation

Thematic series curated with our partners foster sustained discussions on new ideas for human rights practice.



We seek voices from all layers of the human rights ecosystem and from all corners of the globe.




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We publish articles on a rolling basis. Consult our submission guidelines and use our submission form to submit a short pitch of your idea.

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We collaborate within and beyond the human rights community to develop thematic series. If interested, please write us at


Editorial Team

César Rodríguez Garavito


Drawing from the sites of his research, teaching, and advocacy work, César oversees OGR’s content, leads OGR’s innovations, cross-pollinates ideas from various fields, and writes about the future of human rights.

Archana Deshpande

Senior Editor

Archana has worn various hats on the OGR team since the platform launched in 2013. She now leads partnerships and helps manage various aspects of the platform including publishing and reporting.


Sebastián Villamizar Santamaría

Senior Editor

Sebastián is OGR’s lead editor and a PhD candidate in sociology at the City University of New York. He screens, edits and translates pieces, and develops new formats including data visualization.

Jordan Jones

Content & Communications Manager

Jordan manages OGR’s publishing, communications, copy editing, and social media. He also leads the implementation of new initiatives and is the communications officer at JustLabs.


Maïmouna Jallow

Contributing Editor

Maïmouna is an editor, storyteller, and playwright. She is the co-founder and director of a Nairobi-based arts and media company that works at the nexus of theatre, arts, and social justice.

Rachel Schmidt

Contributing Editor

Rachel is a former senior editor at OGR. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow and a research consultant specializing in human rights, insurgency, human security, and gender.


Honoring David Petrasek

"As OGR grew, David was with us every step of the way, always pushing us on. He encouraged us to explore different conversations and new themes, and to always remain curious, open, and steadfast. He taught us all what it is to live and lead with the values we work for, giving to us what he gave to so many others—himself."

David Petrasek was a beloved friend, colleague, and long-time senior editor of OpenGlobalRights. Much of what this space is today is thanks to his wisdom, guidance, and energy. Read about his legacy







OpenGlobalRights is an independent platform that is housed at
and supported by JustLabs.

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