2015-2016 Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program

Deadline: ongoing

Twelve law students will be selected as 2015-2016 Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows to participate in a semester-long program, Human Rights Education: Theory to Practice.  The project will provide three credits in the Fall 2015 semester. 

The project is a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) which have partnered to create a semester-long program for law students to learn about various human rights education pedagogies and to teach RFK HUman Rights'Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum in local middle school and high schools.  The program will have two components: (1) Fellows will participate in a one-semester focused on effective teaching techniques  for teaching human rights, deepening knowledge about core human rights issues, and reflecting on the use of various mechanisms to communicate human rights issues. (2) Fellows will also work in pairs to fulfill weekly teaching assignments in local middle schools and high schools over 8-10 weeks during the Spring semester. Fellows will collaborate with local middle school and high school teachers to develop appropriate lesson plans for their in-class work, while the teachers focus on integrating these lessons into their broader curriculum.


The course will examine different entry points for teaching certain human rights topics—such as genocide, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and transitional justice concepts—and will provide law students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively discuss and advocate for certain categories of rights with varied audiences. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce law students to core pedagogies for teaching human rights and to provide them with intensive human rights training in preparation to teach RFK Human Rights’Speak Truth to Power (STTP) human rights curriculum in local middle schools and high schools. A basic knowledge of human rights and/or international law is presumed.

In addition to readings and lectures exploring different human rights pedagogies, the course will include significant interactive and experiential exercises involving role-playing and simulations, and discussions rooted in human rights and international law concepts, cases and norms. Students will fulfill weekly teaching obligations in local middle schools and high schools for eight weeks of the semester, and will also participate in weekly seminars at WCL to discuss their teaching experiences and receive ongoing human rights education training.


WCL students selected as 2015-2016 STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows will receive three (3) credits in the Fall. All participating students will also be required to attend a one-day orientation program with human rights experts and education specialists from WCL and RFK Human Rights prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Click here to learn more about last year's Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows.


The course is open to all upper-level JD students and LLM students at WCL. Students will be required to have taken at least one core human rights or international law course as a pre- or co-requisite to be taken in the Fall 2015 semester concurrent with the STTP seminar.

These include, among others:

  • LAW-626-001 Human Rights
  • LAW-626-002 Human Rights Lawyering
  • LAW-660-001 International Law
  • LAW-660-002 International Law
  • LAW-660-003 International Law
  • LAW-739B-001 Advanced Human Rights
  • LAW-795B-001 International Human Rights Advocacy
  • LAW-795LH-001 Impact Litigation in International Human Rights: Theory & Practice


To apply, please submit your résumé and a completed application form, which can be downloaded here, to with the subject line “STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program Application”.