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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Editorial Team

César Rodríguez Garavito


From the sites of his research, teaching and advocacy work around the world, César oversees OpenGlobalRights’ editorial content, leads OGR's innovations, and writes about the future of human rights.


Archana Pandya

Senior Editor

Archana is a strategist, researcher, communicator and Integral Professional Coach™, that has worn various hats on the OpenGlobalRights team since the platform launched in 2013. She now helps oversee and manage various aspects of the platform including publishing, partnerships and reporting. 


Sebastián Villamizar Santamaría

Senior Editor

Sebastián is a researcher and PhD candidate in sociology at the City University of New York. He commissions articles and edits submissions in Spanish for OGR.


Jordan Jones

Content & Communications Manager

Jordan is the Communications Officer at JustLabs. He also works as a journalist in Medellin, Colombia. Before moving to Colombia as a Fulbright Scholar, Jordan worked as an associate editor at The Atlantic in Washington, D.C. Jordan heads OGR's communications and publishing.


Lucas Paulson

Content & Communications Manager

Lucas is the Program Officer at JustLabs, where he helps design and implement programs to encourage innovation and experimentation in human rights work. He manages publications, communications, and design for OGR and leads the implementation of new initiatives.


Rachel Schmidt

Contributing Editor

Rachel is a research consultant specializing in human rights, insurgency, human security, DDR, and gender. She holds a PhD in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University) and is a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver).


Arpitha Kodiveri

Contributing Editor

Arpitha Kodiveri is a Hans Kelsen Fellow and Doctoral Researcher in Law at the European University Institute. Her research examines land conflicts and legal mobilization by forest-dwelling communities in the mining areas of Odisha, India.


Maïmouna Jallow

Contributing Editor

Maïmouna Jallow is an editor, storyteller, playwright and director. She is also the co-founder and director of Positively African, a Nairobi-based arts and media company that works at the intersection of theatre, arts & social justice, telling under-told stories in the hope of catalyzing societal change.



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







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