How to Apply

The Kovler Project Against Torture is now accepting applications its Fall 2023 Practicum: Torture Prohibition in International Law.

The practicum is an experiential learning opportunity where, under the guidance of Claudio Grossman, former member and Chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture until 2016, students are responsible for providing strategic advice to the Committee against Torture through its chairperson and country rapporteurs, on whether countries are in compliance with the extensive obligations laid down in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The practicums’ overarching educational goal is to prepare students to effectively advise the Committee on the human rights records and compliance of countries that will be appearing before the Committee. To this end, students will prepare questions to be presented to the States Parties on potential areas of non-compliance with the CAT, ultimately helping to inform and shape the Committee’s Concluding Observations and Recommendations. This educational process is evaluated throughout the semester in D.C., and in Geneva where students will work as special assistants to the Committee Chairperson during the first week of CAT sessions.

Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, and cover letter addressing their motivation for applying to the Kovler Project Against Torture. Cover letters may also address any past human rights advocacy experience, language skills, and a brief description of other significant time commitments during Fall 2023, such as journal, internships, or other extracurricular commitments. There is no formal prohibition on participating in both the WCL Clinical Program and the Kovler Project. Please direct any inquiries to the respective program contacts.

Applications should be addressed to Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman ( and Assistant Director of the Kovler Project Against Torture Meagan DeSimone ( with “KPAT Application” in the subject line by 11:59pm on February 28th. Please refer to our website for additional information about the program and how to apply:

An information session with previous Kovler participants took place on Wednesday, February 8th. Click here to view the session. 

"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