Training Future Human Rights Lawyers at American University Washington College of Law
As part of our commitment to help law students attain the knowledge and practical skills they need to work in the field of human rights, the Center organizes over thirty events annually, including panel discussions, workshops, seminars, expert convenings, and more, that address a variety of issues.
This monthly series features faculty, staff, visiting scholar, and student speakers in a roundtable discussion that allows students to confront the dilemmas and issues that arise in connection with human rights, focusing on how acknowledgement of such critiques can help advocates better navigate the field with creativity and critical reflection.
Each semester, the Center hosts a series of introductory workshops on various intersections of human rights and international humanitarian law that are designed to educate and engage students about basic issues in the field. Past lectures include disability rights, human rights and business, environmental law, IHL, among others.
The Center holds a series of workshops designed to introduce students to the professional skills relevant to careers in human rights. Led by experienced practitioners in the field, the seminars allow participants to develop sector-specific skills and competencies prioritized by today’s human rights and public interest employers. Topics have included grant-writing, strategic communications, and program management.
The Center’s Student Advisory Board organizes a series of informal coffee hour conversations in conjunction with different student organizations, attracting AUWCL students and faculty who participate in thoughtful, robust conversations on a variety of human rights-related topics. Topics have included islamophobia, economic discrimination, movement lawyering, and climate change, among others.
The Center hosts “rapid response” events, creating space for discussion of immediate pressing human rights-related events as they are taking place: from a Ferguson Town Hall meeting held hours after the decision not to indict was announced, to an event on the Egyptian Revolution as Hosni Mubarak was stepping down, and, more recently, a teach-in on the implications of President Trump’s immigration ban a day after the executive order took effect.