Human Rights Institute
The Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point of international human rights education, scholarship and practice at Columbia Law School. The Institute currently focuses on a number of key themes, and, throughout the year, hosts a wide array of symposia, lectures, and other events to bring practitioners and scholars together.
- Faculty co-director and UN Human Rights Committee Member Sarah Cleveland discusses the need to strengthen democracy and human rights in Venezuela with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and panel of experts on human rights in the Americas.
- The Institute's JoAnn Kamuf Ward, director of the Human Rights in the U.S. Project, is quoted in Vice on the value of using the IACHR as a tool for accountability.
- Human Rights Clinic alumna María Emilia Mamberti LL.M. ’17 discusses the challenges and opportunities the new Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights will create.
- JoAnn Kamuf Ward, director of the Human Rights in the U.S. Project, and Benjamin Hoffman, senior clinical teaching fellow call on Ben & Jerry’s to stop abuses in its supply chain.
- Apply now for the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute 1L Advocates Program.
- Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and over a dozen human rights organizations call on Ben & Jerry’s to join “Milk with Dignity Program” to eliminate human rights abuses in the company’s supply chain.
- The Institute's Rahma Hussein talks to KPFA about transparecny, accountability, and U.S. drone strikes.
- HRI's Alex Moorehead discusses findings from recent report on U.S. drone strikes on The Takeaway.
- The Institute's Alex Moorehead is quoted in The Intercept in a story on U.S. drone strikes.
- Human Rights Institute announces the 2017 awardees of the ‘Commendation for Leadership and Commitment in Human Rights.’
- Urgent need for transparency and accountability say Human Rights Clinic and Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies in new report.
- HRI's Alex Moorehead quoted in The Daily Beast emphasizing that the US government must investigate serious detainee abuse allegations in Yemen made against the UAE.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey awarded Global Innovation Fund Grant to research the psychological impact of war on individuals, families, and communities in Yemen.
- Please join the Institute for a panel discussion on 'Trump, Transparency, and the Use of Lethal Force' and the launch of the Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict & Human Rights Project's new report on U.S. transparency and the use of lethal force.
- Human Rights Clinic joins NGO coalition urging the Trump administration to strengthen and improve, not weaken, policies on the use of force.
- Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute honors Yemeni Human Rights Leaders with “Global Advocate Award.”
- The Institute's Rahma Hussein on UAE expansion in the Horn of Africa and the extent of Eritrean involvement in supporting UAE efforts in Yemen.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey quoted in the Washington Post discussing U.S. transparency around its responsibility for civilian casualties abroad.
- Human Rights Clinic supported redrafting of global guidelines for investigating unlawful killings, launched today by OHCHR.
- The Institute's Alex Moorehead and NYU's Ryan Goodman explore allegations of detainee abuse by UAE-backed militias in Yemen, and potential U.S. complicity in war crimes.
- Human Rights Clinic joins NGO coalition urging the United Nations Security Council to stand with Yemeni human rights advocates and civil society leaders.
- Responding to U.S. failure to show up at recent Inter-American Commission hearings, HRI joins thirty human and civil rights organizations and dozens of advocates to call on Secretary Tillerson to prioritize U.S. leadership within OAS, and to constructively engage with Inter-American Commission.
- Students present new academic work at inaugural Columbia Law School Human Rights Student Paper Symposium.
- Registration is open for the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network May 19th CLE/symposium: "Localizing Human Rights in the New Era: Strategies for State and Local Implementation ofHuman Rights in the United States."
- Judge Theodor Meron discusses international criminal tribunals at Columbia Law School.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey Wins 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
- Human Rights Institute and Clinic collaborate with advocates to launch new blog series on mental health and human rights.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey on actions the Trump administration has taken that violate, undermine, or seriously risk harming human rights around the world.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey calls on Barrick Gold to condemn violent evictions near Porgera Mine.
- The Institute announces the inaugural Columbia Law School Human Rights Student Paper Symposium.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Knuckey quoted by Vice on continuing human rights abuses by police forces near Barrick Gold's Papua New Guinea mine.
- Applications now being accepted for Human Rights Institute summer research assistants and interns.
- The Institute's JoAnn Ward on the hypocrisy in the failure of the U.S. to show up to U.S. hearings at the Inter-American Commission.
- Faculty co-director Sarah Cleveland serves as co-rapporteur on Venice Commission opinion on pending constitutional amendments in Turkey.
- Human Rights Clinic student, Kate Berry '18, talks to Huffington Post about impact of travel ban on mental health research in Yemen.
- Human Rights Institute's Trump Human Rights Tracker listed as one of the best websites to track Trump’s legal changes.
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