The Academy was created to promote practical approaches to human rights and humanitarian law as well as to strengthen links between human rights organizations, practitioners, and educators worldwide. We hope to enhance the culture and prominence of human rights and humanitarian law around the world. Additionally, we wish to offer relevant, empowering training for scholars, practitioners, and students interested in the international human rights system and laws. The Academy accomplishes these tasks through its programs, partnerships, and scholarly endeavors.

The Academy is one of the many human rights programs at American University Washington College of Law, which include, among others, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the International Human Rights Clinic, the War Crimes Research Office, Impact Litigation Project, Women and International Law program and the UN Committee Against Torture Project.

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Human Rights Essay Award: Raphael Lorenzo Aguiling Pangalangan and Luciano Pezzano.

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We Promote the Values of Human Dignity through Legal Education

On March 17, 2017, the National Jurist named the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Program one of the Top 4 Places to study International Human Rights in the world. In the face of new challenges and issues that arise in our ever-changing world, the Academy is always finding innovative ways to create and strengthen partnerships between human rights organizations, practitioners and educators worldwide, thereby expanding its outreach.

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September 20 12:00PM-1:00PM Y403 ITILS Fall General Body Meeting September 20 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class September 20 4:00PM-6:30PM Washington College of Law Atrium U.S. Marine Corps JAG Networking Meet & Greet September 21 12:00PM-1:30PM Booze, Blow and Brian Cuban: A Look Ahead, A Look Back September 22 12:00PM-4:00PM United States Holocaust Memorial Museum site visit September 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays September 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law YT16 Public Interest Roundtable: Why Clerkships Matter for Public Interest Lawyers September 25 12:00PM-1:30PM Washington College of Law Y115 Intake Training: Homeless Person Representation Project September 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Free Yoga with the Washington Yoga Center! September 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law N102 Orange is the New Black: Race, Class, Sexuality, Identity, and the Criminal Justice System in Popular Culture September 26 12:00PM-1:30PM Washington College of Law NT03 Human Rights Reading Group October 05 5:30AM-7:30PM 601 Massachusetts Ave, N, Washington, DC Twelfth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture October 05 5:30PM-7:30PM Washington College of Law Twelfth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture October 16 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law YT16 Equal Justice Works Career Fair Prep Session October 20 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 21 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 26 12:30PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform 2017 October 27 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform November 03 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law 2017 National SJD Roundtable November 14 8:00AM-10:00PM Washington College of Law Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration November 14 9:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law YT01-01 Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration
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