International human rights law regulates the relationship between states and individuals and is based on a set of treaties and agreements between sovereign states, international laws, and international declarations and conventions.

International human rights lawyers provide expertise and support in strategic human rights litigation, and collaborative litigation with local partners. They also disseminate information that enhances the use of human rights law. International human rights lawyers may work in non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, federal government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

What to do if you are interested in International Human Rights Law?

Georgetown Law Courses

International Human Rights
Law and War
Managing National Security
Refugee Law and Public Policy

Georgetown Law Clinics

Center for Applied Legal Studies
International Women’s Human Rights Clinic

Helpful International Human Rights Law Resources

  • PSJD International Resources includes links to several NALP resources on International Public Interest Careers and excellent school guides. See especially the Harvard Guide on International Development: Public Service Careers and Opportunities, the NALP Guide to Finding and Funding International Public Interest Opportunities, the NALP Finding Employment Opportunities with International Governmental Organizations and the United Nations and the Yale Law School Guide to International Public Interest Careers.
  • American Society for International Law Career Resources Page (ASIL) promotes the development of opportunities in international law for individuals at every stage of their career. The Career Development Page includes resources, professional development programming, research and job links. See also the ASIL Electronic Information System for International Law for additional career resources.
  • Georgetown Law Human Rights Career Guide provides an overview of the human rights field, shares Georgetown Law resources, tips for building a successful career, and information about the work being done in a wide variety of sectors and settings.
  • Georgetown School of Foreign Service features a series of employment sector profiles that span a wide range of international law-related fields.
  • HG.org: Human Rights provides a basic overview of the practice area as well as useful links to educational resources and selected employers.
  • Human Rights.gov is a web portal of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy for international human rights related information from the United States Government.
  • Legal Aid Around the World is a list of legal service program sites around the world.
  • United Nations Human Rights spearheads the United Nations’ human rights efforts offering leadership training, education and support to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.
  • University of MN Human Rights Library is a jobs database for positions with intergovernmental organizations.

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