Grants

Grant awards play a vital role in contributing to innovation in research, teaching, and project development at WCL.

For the fiscal year 2013 (May 1, 2012- April 30, 2013), grant activity resulted in $2.9M in pledged awards and $3.3M in received awards.  These grant awards supported a variety of important topic areas that will:

  • prepare a Manual for Prosecutor regarding applicable due process standards with the support of the Inter-American Court and Commission on Human Rights and other institutions;
  • continue to build capacity of NGO’s to address statelessness among persons born in The Bahamas to Haitian parents;
  • continue to address the impact, causes and critical consequences of sexual violence in custody;
  • promote the development/enforcement of international criminal/humanitarian law;
  • support the Afghanistan Documentation Project;
  • educate civil society and government officials on the International and Inter-American Human Rights Systems;
  • support individuals confronted with low-income tax controversies;
  • develop trainings and materials for family court judges on issues related to immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault;
  • support the professional development of Fellows who bring to the community an exchange of cultural and academic knowledge;
  • provide for the continued development of a global expert network on copyright limitations, continue the dialogue on public interest intellectual property policy, and work to expand the resource commons in scientific research;
  • mobilize law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in high schools;
  • continue to build a comprehensive online database of laws, legal reforms, and legal challenges related to community water fluoridation in the United States;
  • support research for a scholarly text on early civil rights movements at the turn of the 20th century and their impact on later movements;
  • strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights in Colombia through a collaborative partnership between the law school and two universities in Cali, Colombia;
  • provide training for five disability rights attorneys in the use of human rights mechanisms;
  • support the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in preparation for his report on legal standards and best practices;
  • support the activities of Latin American law schools and activists working in sexual and reproductive rights and gender violence in Latin America by mainstreaming these topics into the curriculum and improving strategic litigation in those areas;
  • address the problem of global food insecurity caused by uncontrolled speculation in the commodities markets through research and education; and
  • create a best practices guide for libraries and archives in their digitization efforts of orphan works.

For the fiscal year 2012 (May 1, 2011- April 30, 2012), grant activity resulted in $5M in pledged awards and $4.5M in received awards.  Grants were awarded on a myriad of important topic areas that will:

  • provide training and mentoring to incorporate human rights into the daily work of legal aid attorneys in the United States;
  • create a replicable model to advance in-country follow up and implementation efforts of the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture;
  • shape the global discussion among civil society and government officials on creating an evidence-based, rights-based approach to combating human trafficking;
  • build capacity of NGO’s to address statelessness among persons born in The Bahamas to Haitian parents;
  • gather and disseminate information about women’s health and human rights, including issues of maternal mortality and pre/post-natal care;
  • support research on the national impact of cases in the Inter-American Human Rights system;
  • continue to address the impact, causes and critical consequences of sexual violence in custody through (1) the identification and analysis of the problem of prison rape; (2) training; (3) the development and refinement of agency policy and state law; and (4) the enforcement of law and policy;
  • promote the development/enforcement of international criminal/humanitarian law;
  • contribute to the collection of jurisprudence on gender and international criminal law;
  • educate civil society and government officials on the International and Inter-American Human Rights Systems;
  • support individuals confronted with low-income tax controversies;
  • support the training of law enforcement and advocacy on issues facing immigrant victims of domestic, sexual, and other violence;
  • support the professional development of Fellows and scholarly pursuit of visiting Faculty who bring to the WCL community an exchange of cultural and academic knowledge;
  • provide for the development of a global expert network on copyright limitations, continue the dialogue on public interest intellectual property policy, and work to expand the resource commons in scientific research;
  • mobilize talented law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools;
  • continue to build a comprehensive online database of laws, legal reforms, and legal challenges related to community water fluoridation in the United States; and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs.