Speakers & Events
The Human Rights Institute hosts a year-long program of speakers and events at Columbia Law School. The Institute invites eminent human rights scholars and practitioners to address current issues of interest in the human rights field. Events range from panel discussions on emerging human rights issues, to more informal, intimate discussions with advocates and academics about the intricacies of practicing human rights law. The events provide a unique opportunity for students to engage directly with leaders in the human rights field. Events are open to law students, faculty, and frequently the greater Columbia University community. Students are invited to share their ideas for events, and the Institute often co-hosts events with student groups.
In the fall, Rightslink and Social Justice Initiatives co-host a human rights career fair. This provides an opportunity for Columbia Law School students to connect with leading human rights organizations. Representatives of human rights organizations discuss term-time and summer internships, and post-graduate fellowships.
This year, the Human Rights Institute is curating a year-long event series to celebrate our 20th anniversary, titled "Resist, Decolonize, Create," the series explores tactics by leading activists and thinkers to resist abuse, create opportunities to expand justice, and decolonize the human rights field, while celebrating and sharing the Human Rights Institute’s groundbreaking work. For more information, click here.