A statement by scholars and practitioners in public administration

Human Rights Day is December 10, 2022. It is the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.

As scholars and practitioners working in the field of public administration, we mark this day by reaffirming our commitment to human rights and fundamental democratic freedoms. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people and that all people have equal, inalienable rights. These beliefs guide our research, teaching, and engagement in public affairs.

The statement is endorsed by


American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National Council

Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD)

Brazilian Society for Public Administration

Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net)


Conference of Minority Public Administrators

Section for Women in Public Administration

Section on African Public Administration

Section on Chinese Public Administration

Section on Complexity and Network Studies

Section on Criminal Justice Administration

Section on Democracy and Social Justice

Section on Emergency and Crisis Management

Section on Environmental and Natural Resources Administration

Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance

Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management

Section on International and Comparative Administration

Section on Korean Public Administration

Section on Nonprofits

Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations

Section on Procurement and Contract Management

Section on Professional and Organizational Development

Section on Public Administration Education

Section on Public Administration Research

Section on Public Law and Administration

Section on Public Management Practice

Section on Public Performance and Management

Section on Science and Technology in Government

Section on Transportation Policy and Administration

South Asia Section for Public Administration

Students and New Administration Professionals Section

The LGBT Advocacy Alliance


Journal of Behavioral Public Administration

Journal of Public Affairs Education

Public Administration