Welcome to the Office of Grants and Programs

The Office of Grants and Programs supports many of the law school's innovative initiatives and works closely with AU's Office of Sponsored Programs to assist with the law school's grantseeking and award management activities. Please contact us with questions or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!


The law school has received 26 grant awards totaling more than $3M from 21 sponsors since May 2013. For more information about these awards, click here.

New War Crimes Research Office Report Examines Regulation 55 and the Rights of the Accused

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) has launched a new report on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Regulation 55 and the Rights of the Accused at the International Criminal Court. This report is part of the WCRO's ICC Legal Analysis and Education Project and was funded by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MORE

State Department Award to Benefit Victims of Sexual and Gender Violence

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues of the U.S. Department of State has awarded American University Washington College of Law's War Crimes Research Office and Women and International Law Program $485,000 dollars to strengthen access to justice for victims of conflict-based sexual and gender violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project will create and maintain research tools to assist Bosnian justice system actors to successfully prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes that occurred during the region’s armed conflict. MORE

Dean, Faculty, and Students Participated in 51st Session of the UN Committee against Torture

Dean Claudio Grossman, as chairperson of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), is currently presiding over the Committee's 51st session in Geneva which runs from October 28 through November 22. He is also serving this session as rapporteur for Portugal and co-rapporteur for Mozambique. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students in the law school’s unique UN CAT Project joined Grossman in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis and Professors Janie Chuang and Fernanda Nicola. While in Geneva, Grossman hosted a dinner for alumni and friends at Café du Soleil.

New Funding Opportunities!

Fulbright Scholar Program 2015-2016 competition opens February 1. Applications due in August.



Program on Judicial Reform in Latin American and the U.S.

In its third year, American University Washington College of Law's Program on Judicial Reform in Latin America and the United States, continues to bring together judges and legal practitioners from throughout the Americas to participate in this unique summer program which provides an overview of the reform processes taking place within Latin America’s judicial systems with a special emphasis on criminal justice reforms.  The program, held July 14-25, in Washington, D.C., is organized jointly by American University Washington College of Law, Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas (CEJA) and this year welcomed the National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative as cooperating institutions.

Washington Seminar - Yeditepe

This summer's Yeditepe program welcomed 19 students and two visiting professors from Turkey to American University Washington College of Law. This four-week seminar, from July 7 to August 1, included lectures on constitutional law, international contract law and torts. Lectures were given by distinguished WCL faculty: Paul Figley, Steven Vladeck and Mohammed Mattar. Site visits included tours of the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, a visit to the Turkish Embassy and trial viewings at the Rockville Circuit Court. Shown at left is a photo of the Yeditepe students with Judge Savage at the Circuit Court in Rockville, MD.


Washington Seminar - Ritsumeikan

This summer's Ritsumeikan program welcomed 6 students and 1 professor from Japan for a two-week seminar, held August 11-22, focused on topics in public interest law. Students received introductory lectures from a variety of WCL professors under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Lubbers. Course topics included administrative law, human rights and constitutional law. Site visits included a visit to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, an environmental law firm and the Newseum. Pictured at left are the visiting students in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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