The Program on Human Rights Education is dedicated to promoting widespread understanding of human rights through teaching and academic study, and includes several core initiatives:
Herman Schwartz Human Rights Law Fellowship Program
This program hosts two Israeli lawyers, one Palestinian and one Jewish, at WCL to study civil rights through LLM study and internships with American public interest groups. Founded by Center Co-Director WCL Professor Herman Schwartz and co-sponsored by the New Israel Fund, this program has graduated more than 60 Fellows who have gone on to create and form the backbone of the human rights bar in Israel.
Human Rights Film Series
Each fall, the Center partners with the American University's Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSi) to host the annual Human Rights Film Series. The Center and CMSi screen four exceptional documentary films that not only exhibit excellence in filmmaking and explore a wide variety of human rights issues, but also showcase the power of film as an effective educative tool.
Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program
Created by the Center and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, this initiative pairs WCL law students with local high schools and middle schools in diverse communities in the Washington, DC area to teach human rights in an interactive and participatory format. The project focuses on training law students to become human rights educators and empowers high school students to become human rights defenders.
Teaching International Humanitarian Law
This multi-pronged project seeks to expand and support the teaching and study of international humanitarian law (IHL). In addition to providing periodic training opportunities for law professors, the Center sponsors an annual student writing competition with the American Society of International Law Lieber Society that aims to promote interest and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students, as well as to deepen their understanding of this important and evolving area of law.