The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, established in 1990, inter alia, trains judges and lawyers from around the world, undertakes domestic and international litigation, assists emerging democracies and other nations in developing laws and institutions to protect human rights, and hosts conferences with intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
The International Legal Studies Program at WCL provides students with not only a scholarly understanding of international human rights and humanitarian law issues but also an opportunity to gain practical experience. Many LL.M. and J.D. students intern at human rights organizations in Washington, D.C., and/or litigate asylum and other cases through WCL's International Human Rights Law Clinic.
Through The Human Rights Brief, WCL and the center envision broadening the understanding of
challenges facing human rights activism in the world, as well as presenting the ways in which
members of the WCL community are meeting those challenges. Through TheHuman Rights
Brief, the two institutions hope to advance principles of human rights and humanitarian law
universally and to truly make a difference.
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