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By Robert Goldman, Claudio Grossman, & Herman Schwartz

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law (WCL) is pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of The Human Rights Brief. The newsletter is the product of J.D. and L.L.M. students, as well as staff and administration, at WCL who are concerned with international human rights and interested in making a difference. It will focus on contemporary issues in the interrelated disciplines of human rights and humanitarian law and certainly on emerging issues in these fields that merit particular attention. In addition, TheHuman Rights Brief will highlight and present activities of WCL and center staff and students which relate to the promotion of the principles of human rights and humanitarian law.

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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