Two New Human Rights Fellowships Announced


-- The David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship and The Henkin-Stoffel Human Rights Fellowship to be Awarded in 2005 --

New York, NY, December 2004 - David Schizer, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, is proud to announce two newly created fellowships that will fund postgraduate work in human rights by Columbia Law School graduates. The David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship honors the commitment by David W. Leebron, dean of Columbia Law from 1996 through 2004, to providing young graduates with meaningful experiences in human rights law. The Henkin-Stoffel Human Rights Fellowship was created in admiration of Professor Louis Henkin's leadership in the field of human rights and recognition of Columbia Law School as a center of excellence in human rights education. Both fellowships will be awarded for the first time in 2005.

The Leebron Fellowship will enable a Columbia Law graduate to spend one year working in human rights law either in the United States or abroad. At the beginning of his term as Dean of Columbia Law School in 1996, David Leebron said that his goals included augmenting Columbia's already excellent programs in human rights education. By the end of his deanship eight years later, the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Institute had been established. The number of human rights seminars and human rights summer internships offered by the School had increased significantly. The Fellowship will enable a Law graduate, who has benefited from these programs and wants to pursue a career in human rights law, to gain practical work experience with a human rights organization.

Dr. Marco Stoffel, whose foundation will fund the Henkin-Stoffel Human Rights Fellowship, dedicated it in honor of Professor Henkin's commitment to the further development of human rights law. This fellowship will consist of two one-year placements: one located in the developing world and the other in the country in which the fellow intends to live permanently. The fellowship's purpose is to help launch a fellow's career in human rights and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences across national boundaries.

Both fellowships will be administered by Columbia Law School's Center for Public Interest Law in consultation with Ellen Chapnick, the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. For more information, contact Dean Chapnick at 212-854-4628.