The Human Rights Institute (HRI) is the focal point of human rights at Georgetown Law and helps ensure the Law Center’s place as a center of excellence in human rights teaching and training and in producing policy-relevant and influential human rights ideas and research.
HRI’s mission is to promote understanding of and respect for human rights and the practice of human rights law, and to develop Georgetown Law’s place as a global leader in human rights.
To carry out its mission, HRI works closely with the broad range of human rights faculty and staff experts at the Law Center as well as leaders in the global human rights movement, and manages programs and projects to generate and advance the research, writing, and advocacy work of students, alumni, and faculty.
HRI's Work engages the human rights movement through its Projects and Research. Throughout the year, HRI hosts Events, providing the human rights community off and on campus with opportunities to discuss and learn about emerging human rights issues and challenges in the field.
HRI works to foster and support the vibrant role of Human Rights on Campus, including through providing many opportunities for Georgetown Law students interested in pursuing a career as a human rights lawyer to gain knowledge, skills and experience. These include the Human Rights Associates Program, the student chapter of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative and close collaborations with the student groups, including Human Rights Action/Amnesty International (HRA/AI). Finally, HRI works with alumni, students, faculty and staff across the Law Center to support Georgetown-trained lawyers and lawyers-in-training to pursue Human Rights Jobs, Fellowships and Internships.
HRI is pleased to host, as part of the Perspectives in Human Rights series, the Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children, prepared by the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Press release here.
UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, will join Georgetown Law as the 2016-17 Drinan Chair in Human Rights and will teach a seminar course in the Fall. More information here.