Learn More About Our Past Fellowships

The Center is dedicated to the continuing education and empowerment of its student body in the area of human rights. Since its founding, the Center has offered many great ways for students to get involved, starting from year one. Learn more about some of our past fellowships, including the Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellowship and the Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program.      

Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellowship

The Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellowship, founded and administered by Faculty Co-Director and Professor Herman Schwartz, for over thirty years, graduated more than 60 Fellows who have gone on to create and form the backbone of the human rights bar in Israel. The Fellowship, jointly sponsored by the New Israel Fund, offered Israeli lawyers (both Palestinian and Jewish) a two year academic and professional experience, including LL.M. study and professional development at AUWCL through internships with American public interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Council on American Islamic Relations and the Children's Defense Fund, and a one year paid-placement in a human rights NGO in Israel. Fellows were placed in organizations such as Adalah (Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights), ACRI (Association of Civil Rights in Israel) and Itach-Maaki (Woman Lawyers for Social Justice). 

Graduates of the Fellowship have created key human rights organizations in Israel and hold important positions in government, the judiciary, academia and the NGO community. Fellows focused on the rights of the elderly, the rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, disability rights, the rights of the Bedouin, the rights of the Ethiopian minority in Israel, women's rights, and more. Alumni have affected legislation, policy and practice in diverse areas of Israeli life and have influenced legal education in Israel. In 2004, Haaretz credited the program with having produced "a quiet revolution" that "has changed the map of human rights in Israel."

Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) launched a new transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program. The program brought together law students, high school teachers, and high school students to promote human rights education and activism. Building on the success of RFK Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power Human Rights curriculum, the STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program empowered law students to become human rights educators and inspired high school students to become human rights advocates. The program enabled law students to teach high school students from a variety of communities in the Washington, DC area, basing their lessons on the highly acclaimed STTP curriculum. In addition, through exposing high school students to law student-educators, the program sought to create peer-to-peer educational models to inspire young people to make positive change in the world around them.