Centers & Institutes

Where Law Meets Policy

Georgetown Law is a place where those who want to use their understanding of the law to help shape the future of our country and our world find a home.

Each of our 20+ Centers and Institutes is its own hub of expertise, a lab for analyzing and refining a certain slice of policy, from public health to international economics to human rights to technology. Our professors and staff testify before Congress, advise federal agencies, publish research, write policy briefs, and shape public opinion through media commentary. We convene panels and conferences that draw luminaries from across the globe to our campus. And our students have front-row seats and hands-on roles for all of it, ensuring they are prepared to shape the future.

C&I Student Profile

The Human Rights Institute empowers and prepares students to confront human rights challenges and to make a difference in the world around them. Alexis Shanes, a graduating 3L in HRI’s year-long Human Rights Advocacy in Action practicum, learned about such challenges first hand when she participated in the Institute’s field investigation to Northern Iraq in spring of 2023. Working on a team of student researchers to advance the human rights of the Yazidi ethnic group, Alexis called her experience “nothing short of extraordinary” and she resolved to embark on a human rights career path.