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July 2014

Visiting Human Rights Faculty from Partner Universities in Colombia Participate in Intensive Summer Programming at WCL

2014 Shadow Report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Illegally Denied: Migrant Farmworkers Fight for Access to Justice and Health Care in the United States

Human Rights Implications of SCOTUS Decisions in the 2014 Term

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director Lauren Bartlett Publishes on Civil Society, Human Rights, and the U.S. Government

Center and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Launch Third-Annual Congressional Human Rights Summer Series

June 2014

Center and the American Society of International Law Hold Online Global Conference on Internationational Humanitiarian Law and Emerging Technologies

Center and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Launch Third-Annual Congressional Human Rights Summer Series

Center’s Anti-Torture Initiative Launches #TortureFreeWorld Campaign

March 2014

The Center Welcomes the 2014 Student Advisory Board!

Alumni Launch New Organization to Foster Lasting Justice Solutions in Nigeria

February 2014

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Center Co-Director Juan Méndez issues press statement on recent follow-up visit to Tajikistan

January 2014

Local Human Rights Lawyering Partners Request Thematic Hearing on Migrant Farmworker Camp Access Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

December 2013

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project webinar on How to Bring a Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Now Available for Download

November 2013

Center announces Human Rights Week in February 2014

Center launches fourth annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

October 2013

Center ATI hosts Side Event at United Nations General Assembly to Discuss Special Rapporteur on Torture’s Recent Thematic Report

WCL hosts UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay: Watch Webcast

Center becomes a founding civil society member of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers Association (ICoCA)

September 2013

Maria Noel Leoni: Gender Equality and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination and Culture

Professors Steve Vladeck and Jennifer Daskal launch: "Just Security", A Forum on Law, Rights and U.S. National Security

Center Launches Second STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program in Partnership with the RFK Cente

August 2013r

Now Available: Volume 20 Issue 3 of the Human Rights Brief

July 2013

Visiting Human Rights Faculty from Partner Universities in Colombia Participate in Intensive Summer Programming at WCL

Human Rights Advocacy in the US: Register Now for This Free Training for Public Interest Lawyers in the Miami Area

June 2013

Anti-Torture Initiative Launches New Website - www.antitorture.org

Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Prof. Juan Mendez Announces the Subject of His Upcoming Thematic Report: Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

Professor Diane Orentlicher Discussing Guatemala’s Recent Conviction of Rios Montt on WAMU with Kojo Nnamdi on June 5, 2013

Poder magazine features Prof. Jayesh Rathod and the WCL Immigrant Justice Clinic

WCL and Center alumnus, Christian De Vos, publishes report on implementing international human rights decisions

Celebration to honor Dean Grossman as recently elected Chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

April 2013

Human Rights Brief Selects New Co-Editors-in-Chief, Diana Damshroder and Michelle Flash

Center announces call for applications for new AU Student Human Rights Collaboration Committee


Special Rapporteur on Torture and Inter-American Commission call for end of indefinite detention at Guantánamo


IHRIB Co-Director spoke with recent conference participants about the impact of commodity speculation of food security

Center Sends Trial Observation Missions to Guatemala

Center Co-Director discusses his experience defending a juvenile detained at Guantanamo Bay

Initiative for Human Rights in Business Co-Director presents a paper analyzing the private security industry


Center co-hosts several panel discussions on International Humanitarian Law and Disability

March 2013

Representatives from the Initiative for Human Rights in Business Project participate in an international conference on price fluctuations in international commodities

Director of the Center's Local Human Rights Lawyering Project attends a recent event at the U.S. Department of Justice considering the future of indigent defense fifty years after Gideon v. Wainwright

Special Rapporteur participates in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' first ever hearing on Solitary Confinement in the Americas

Congratulations to Antoine Perret and Sharad Bansal, winners of the 2013 IHL Student Writing Competition!

Special Rapporteur on Torture releases a report following up on a recent trip to Uruguay

February 2013

Center representatives join the discussion on the future of legal services in the United States

WCL community to celebrate the life of transformational lawyer, Chief Justice Arthur Chaskason

Center Director participates in State Department Discussion on Ending Racial Discrimination

Hadar Harris in London to help protect the right to education in times of conflict

Center will host a discussion with experts on mass shootings and mental disability rights in the US

Special Rapporteur on Torture releases a new report to the Human Rights Council

IHL writing competition applications received!

LHRL Advisory Board strategizes on how to expand the impact of the Project

January 2013

Anti-Torture Initiative returns from outreach visit in Tunisia

WCL receives USAID grant to launch a collaborative partnership with universities in Colombia focusing on promoting and protecting human rights

Anti-Torture Initiative Conducts Outreach Visit in Tunisia

Applications to join Center’s Student Advisory Board due by Jan. 18

2013 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition ends on Jan. 31

Initiative for Human Rights in Business Launches informative eNewsletter

Dean Grossman moderates a panel on the role of global engagement in legal education at the annual meeting for the Association of American Law Schools

December 2012

Anti-Torture Initiative Hosts Convening of Experts to Discuss Torture in Healthcare Settings with UN Special Rapporteur

First-ever Joint Legal Aid Complaint Submitted to UN Special Rapporteur by Local Human Rights Lawyering Partners

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director and Human Rights Coordinators Present at NLADA Conference

Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Student Advisory Board

November 2012

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Consultant trains Maryland attorneys to incorporate human rights norms into domestic violence cases

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director highlights the utility of using human rights law in U.S. courts in recent ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee Meeting

Center spearheads collaborative human rights luncheon for AU faculty

Center's Executive Director engages media professionals from around the world on global human rights at a recent State Department panel

Center co-hosts panel discussion with election law experts as part of school-wide effort to promote free and fair elections

Announcing Kady Buchanan the winner of the 2012 Human Rights Film Series Student Grant Competition

October 2012

Joint UN Press Conference by Center Co-Directors, WCL Dean Claudio Grossman, Chair of the UN Committee Against Torture, and Professor Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; click to view webcast

Now accepting submissions for Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored with ASIL

Latest edition of the Human Rights Brief now available at www.hrbrief.org

Center co-sponsors high-level discussion at WCL on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, View C-SPAN coverage

Winner of the Fall 2012 UDHR Photo Project Competition spotlights homelessness in DC

September 2012

Call for Papers: Center announces launch of Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored with ASIL

Center launches 13th Annual Human Rights Film Series in partnership with AU Center for Social Media

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Professor Juan Méndez, presents preliminary findings from first visit to Morocco

Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor publishes new article on www.RightsWork.org--Do John Schools Really Decrease Recidivism?

Initiative for Human Rights in Business Project Co-Director John Richardson participates in expert panel on human rights and financial regulation

Center launches new Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program in partnership with RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights

WCL welcomes Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ron McCallum

August 2012

Center launches new Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program in partnership with RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights

Center Co-Director and WCL Professor Herman Schwartz publishes new article--How the Supreme Court Came To Embrace Strip-Searches for Trivial Offenses

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director Lauren E. Bartlett appointed to newly constituted ICCPR Taskforce

Center launches new Disability and Human Rights Fellows Program, Welcomes first cohort of fellows from around the world

Center Executive Director Hadar Harris appointed to the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds partners meeting and specialized training in labor and employment rights in Texas

July 2012

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director Lauren Bartlett presents at American Bar Association's 2012 HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference–Rights Protection through Representation

Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor features new article on www.RightsWork.org--Review of Prabha Kotiswaran’s “Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India”

Center Co-Director and WCL Dean Claudio Grossman receives Hispanic National Bar Foundation Lifetime Leadership Award

Participants from over 100 remote locations participated in the Center's live web-briefing on human rights implications of key SCOTUS decisions in the 2012 term

University of Haifa honors Itzik Dessie, former Israel-US Civil Liberties Rights Law Program Fellow, with distinguished alumni award

WCL Professor Robert Dinerstein conducts training in Argentina for new disability rights clinicians from across Latin America and Africa

Center Co-Director and WCL Dean Claudio Grossman publishes new article–Challenges to Freedom of Expression Within the Inter-American System: A Jurisprudential Analysis

Center Program Coordinator and WCL alumna Whitney Hayes reflects on International Human Rights Law Clinic experience

Latest edition of the Human Rights Brief now available on www.HRBrief.org

June 2012

U.S. Supreme Court takes important, but insufficient, step to adhere to human rights obligations by banning mandatory life without parole for juvenile offenders

Center welcomes new Anti-Torture Follow and Impact Initaitive Outreach Coordinator and WCL alumna, Maria Noel Leoni

Uruguayan Parliament appoints WCL alumna Ariela Peralta to Governing Board of new National Institute of Human Rights in Defense of the People

NPR story on legal help for the poor highlights Local Human Rights Lawyering Partner, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Professor Juan Méndez, participates in expert panel discussion on the death penalty

Over 100 attend first 2012 Congressional Human Rights Summer Series briefing on Capitol Hill

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project partners appoint first legal aid human rights coordinators

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Professor Juan Méndez, presents preliminary findings on first mission to Tajikistan

May 2012

Announcing the winner of the Spring 2012 UDHR Photo Project competition

Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor's new working paper now available on www.RightsWork.org

Center Co-Director Dean Claudio Grossman, in his role as chair of the UN Committee Against Torture, addresses alleged human rights abuses in Syria

Center seeks Anti-Torture Outreach Coordinator

Learn more about professional opportunities at the Center

Congratulations to the winners of the Second Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition