How to Apply

The Kovler Project Against Torture is now accepting applications for its Fall 2021 Practicum: The Prohibition of Torture in International Law. 

The practicum is a unique experiential learning opportunity which prepares students to advise the United Nations Committee against Torture on States’ compliance with their obligations under the Convention against Torture (CAT). Students will acquire the knowledge needed to participate in a multilateral framework for the purpose of assisting the Committee in the interactive dialogue with States on issues relevant to the CAT. This dialogue precedes the adoption of the Committee’s Concluding Observations and Recommendations. If university regulations permit, participation in this practicum includes a week in Geneva, Switzerland assisting the Committee against Torture. This practical experience is funded by the Washington College of Law with the support of the Kovler Endowment. 


Applicants should send: (1) CV; (2) unofficial transcript; and (3) cover letter addressing their motivation for applying to the practicum. Cover letters may also address any past human rights advocacy experience, language skills, and a brief description of other significant time commitments during Fall 2021. There is no formal prohibition on participating in both the WCL Clinical Program and the Kovler Project. Please direct any inquiries to respective program contacts. 

Applications should be addressed to Claudio Grossman, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus and Katherine Holcombe, Assistant Director of the Kovler Project Against Torture & Impact Litigation with “KPAT Application” in the subject line by 5:00 pm February 15, 2021. 

"The fight against torture is a struggle which requires all the knowledge and skills we can gather. The Kovler Project is making a vital contribution by equipping talented students of law with the knowledge and skills needed to make strong contributions to the fight against torture."

Dr. Jens Modvig, UN Committee against Torture Chairperson