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 17 grant awards totaling more than $2M from 15 sponsors since May 2013. For more information about these awards, click here.
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.
Dean Grossman and Professor Mendez Address UN General Assembly
Dean Claudio Grossman, as chairperson of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT), and Professor Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, presented to the UN General Assembly in New York. In addition, Grossman participated in a panel moderated by Mendez on "Reviewing the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners." Mendez received a grant from the Open Society Foundations to research, draft, publish, and follow up on a thematic report focused on the process to review and update the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs).
Humphrey Fellows Program
In August the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) received an award of $265,299 from the Institute of International Education through the United States Department of State in support of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Through this program, the ILSP offers Humphrey Fellows the opportunity to interact with innovative and internationally renowned faculty, participate in law courses, and attend specialized conferences, workshops, and lecture series organized by various units at the law school. The photo at left was taken of the eleven scholars and professionals who are participating in the law school's program this academic year. For more information, click here.
New Funding Opportunity!
Two different fellowship opportunities are available through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC):
- Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program - application deadline January 13, 2014.
- Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program - application deadline January 13, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Additional grant resources can be found at the following links:
- OSP Monthly Newsletter
- OSP Training Sessions
- Faculty Support Awards
- OSP's Funding Search Databases