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Kovler Project Against Torture
(formerly the UN CAT Project)
WCL’s Kovler Project Against Torture is a one-of-a-kind experiential education opportunity through which upper-level students, under faculty guidance, make key contributions to the sessions of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT). Kovler Student Scholars Against Torture engage in a “deep dive” on the prohibition of torture in international law and on the professional skills and considerations instrumental to effective lawyering in international settings. In late fall, typically November, students travel with Project faculty to Geneva to continue their hands-on learning during the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) proceedings.
The Project was founded at WCL in 2004 as the UN CAT Project and endowed in 2016 as the Kovler Project Against Torture. The Project intensively engages ten students each fall semester in rejecting torture and promoting human rights through legal education, thanks to the generous support of the Blum-Kovler Foundation for over a decade, and of Ms. Kelsey Lee Offield in 2016.