History of the Center
American University Washington College of Law (WCL) established the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in 1990 as part of its long-standing commitment to international human rights and the rule of law. For over 20 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world. The Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, practitioners and activists through training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications. It provides a clearinghouse for the wide scope of activity concentrated on human rights and humanitarian law at WCL.
The Center has also incubated a variety of successful projects, many of which began at the initiative of WCL students. Some of these projects have spun off to become independent programs. Today, the law school counts such programs as the Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, the War Crimes Research Office, the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, and the Human Rights Brief among its core human rights projects.
Students have always played an important role at the Center, and WCL alumni continue to make major contributions to the field of human rights and humanitarian law. The Center has a Student Advisory Board, six faculty co-directors and several full-time staff members. Learn more about who is at the Center!
For archives of the Center's past projects, events and activities, photos, videos and audio recordings, please see the links below.