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!


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.

This past summer 2013, from July 7-July 20, the Office of Grants & Programs managed the second annual Program on Judicial Reform in the United States and Latin America, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Americas and Universidad Diego Portales.This two-week summer program provides U.S. & Latin American legal professionals an overview of reforms to the judiciary system taking place in Latin American countries, primarily in the context of criminal justice. At the same time, participants review selected procedures of the U.S. judicial system that they may apply to their own work with Latin American systems. This bilingual program is taught by distinguished WCL and visiting professors and includes supplementary site visits.

Washington Seminar - Yeditepe

This summer's Yeditepe program welcomed 19 students and two visiting professors from Turkey to WCL for a four-week seminar that 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 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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