Human Rights On Campus
Georgetown Law offers many ways for students to learn about and get involved with human rights issues on campus, including the Human Rights Institute's Fact-Finding Project and Associates Program. Some other exciting opportunities are described below.
Project on the Criminalization of Protests: Led by the Human Rights Institute's Post-Graduate Fellow in collaboration wtih the American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights, students contributed to research and communicated with local partners in preparation for a November 2012 mission to Guatemala. In 2013, the students will analyze case files, help draft a fact-finding report, and contribute to advocacy efforts. Contact the Human Rights Institute Post-Graduate Fellow for more information.
Human Rights Curriculum: Each semester, Georgetown Law students may choose among dozens of exciting human rights course offerings. These include traditional lecture-style classes, smaller seminars, practicums (including the Institute's own Fact-Finding practicum), and clinics. For a sample list of course offerings during the 2012-2013 academic year, click here. For a complete list of human rights offerings, click here and type "human rights" into the search bar.
Faculty: Georgetown Law's full-time faculty includes some of the leading thinkers in the human rights field, and our visitors and adjuncts are among the human rights field's top scholars and practitioners. Each year, one exceptional human rights practitioner is brought to campus to serve as our our Robert F. Drinan Chair.
Certificates: J.D. students interested in refugee rights may wish to pursue a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. LL.M. students interested in human rights may wish to pursue a certificate in International Human Rights Law.
Pruckmayr Award: Each year, the Human Rights Institute awards the The Bettina Pruckmayr Award for Human Rights to a graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to human rights while at Georgetown Law. Nominations for this award are solicited in the spring.
International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR): The IMBR Initiative started in 2007 at Georgetown University Law Center as part of the Global Law Scholars Program. The International Migrants Bill of Rights consolidates international human rights law governing the protection of migrants into a unifying soft-law document. After several years of research, drafting, revising, and consultations undertaken by students, the IMBR draws from all areas of international law to present a dynamic blueprint for the protection of the rights of all migrants.