Center for Human Rights Presents Annual Congressional Human Rights Summer Series

Robert Goldman
Professor Robert Goldman gives a briefing in the Rayburn Office Building.

On Tuesday June 6, the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), launched the 2017 Congressional Human Rights Summer Series on Capitol Hill. AUWCL faculty will present briefings on select human rights topics for Congressional staff and interns throughout the summer, examining how and why these topics are relevant to the work of the U.S. Congress. Congressman James McGovern, co-chair of the TLHRC, introduced Professor Robert Goldman, who kicked off the series with a briefing exploring intersections of human rights and international humanitarian law. More than 70 Congressional staffers and interns attended the briefing.

Additional briefings for Congressional Staff are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, June 20:           Professor Macarena Saez, Director of the AUWCL Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, will present “What are Human Rights and Why Do They Matter?”

Tuesday July 11:              Professor Diane Orentlicher, Faculty Co-Director of the AUWCL Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, will present “Accountability for Grave Human Rights Abuses.”

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law was established at American University Washington College of Law in 1990 to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives in the United States and around the world. The Center works with students, academics, and practitioners to enhance the understanding and implementation of human rights and humanitarian law domestically, regionally, and internationally. The Center explores emerging intersections in the law and seeks to create new tools and strategies for the creative advancement of international norms.  In addition to ongoing work with students, which includes skills development seminars, lunchtime learning sessions, and a robust program of more than 30 conferences and workshops per year, the Center runs grant-funded projects which seek to impact and shape the global conversation around a range of key human rights issues. More information can be found at