Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D.

Chair of Law & Human Rights at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC

Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D. was raised in poverty by a single mother in New York’s Spanish Harlem. His family was forced onto welfare when his mother was assaulted by four men on the way home from work leaving her permanently disabled. Dr. Daniels attended inner-city public schools in NYC until receiving a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. He went on to receive a Public Interest Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a fellowship to complete his doctorate in American politics at Brandeis. Dr. Daniels launched the online video portal Great Americans ( in partnership with venture capital specialist Sequoia Capital, the lead backer of YouTube and Google. Great Americans uses Internet video and social media to tell the dramatic and inspiring stories of Americans whose lives offer positive examples for others. Since launching, Great Americans has entered into a partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and become a digital distribution portal for profiles of Medal of Honor recipients. Most recently, Dr. Daniels founded Good of All, an international public education movement dedicated to promoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948) as a charter for freedom in the Digital Age. Good of All has launched 5 academic centers on three continents. The idea virus at the core of the Good of All vision is to utilize the potential of the internet as the most powerful communications and social networking tool of our time – in combination with the UDHR as the most universal expression of human rights in history -- to promote freedom and fundamental human rights internationally. Dr. Daniels teaches law and international relations on three continents. He serves as Chair of Law & Human Rights and Founder of the Center for Human Rights and International Security at the Institute of World Politics ( in Washington, DC. He is the Founder of the Center for Law and Digital Culture at Brunel Law School in London, England, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea. Dr. Daniels is also the Creator and Producer of the Human Rights Network ( which serves as a digital hub for educational content created by Good of All’s academic centers.

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