As the birthplace of the modern concept of human rights and home to the International Criminal Court, Europe has a crucial role to play in the upholding of international law. As the continent faces new challenges related to immigration, freedom of expression, and a revival of extreme nationalist ideologies, a robust respect for human rights is more important than ever.


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe addresses these issues through advocacy, education, training, and strategic litigation. Our Speak Truth To Power curriculum promotes interest in and respect for human rights among members of the next generation. The RFK Training Institute in Florence helps human rights defenders from around the world hone their skills and establish new partnerships. And our advocacy before national governments, the European Union, the United Nations, and other international organizations urges lawmakers craft domestic and foreign policies that will ensure Europe’s status as a beacon of human rights for generations to come.

Our Programs in Europe

  • Partners for Human Rights

    Our lawyers and experts join with our partners in the field to create real change, fulfilling Robert Kennedy’s pledge that those with the courage to enter moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe.

  • Speak Truth to Power

    A human rights education program that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.

  • Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute

    Welcoming human rights defenders, government employees, NGOs, and members of civil society from all over the world to learn new skills, strengthen their capacities, and share their knowledge.