LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Welcomes New Students to Hybrid Program
Participants include practitioners and professionals from Africa, Latin America, and the U.S.
WASHINGTON, January 29, 2016– The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has welcomed a cadre of new students to its English and Spanish LL.M. Programs this semester. The Academy began the English LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (HRHL) in the Spring of 2015 and will be graduating its first cohort of students this summer. The Spanish Program—LL.M. en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario—launched this year, contains the same structure and content as the English Program.
Welcoming students from Africa, Latin America, and the United States, HRHL is the only program in the United States to offer a hybrid program of its kind in a U.S. law school in the field of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and to offer it entirely in Spanish. The online component of the program consists of two online courses, an introductory course to human rights—Human Rights Law—taken in the Spring and Advanced Studies in Human Rights, taught in the Fall. The Academy will host these new LL.M. students during their first three-week residential summer program in May, students will interact with world-renowned experts who teach every year in the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Students in these cohorts bring a variety of NGO, federal, state, and international organization experience in the fields of victim reparations, justice and peace issues, pro-bono legal aid, freedom of expression, immigrants’ rights, and human trafficking to name just a few.
Current Faculty include Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica, teaching the Spanish course and Alexander Morawa, Chair in Comparative and Anglo-American Law at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, teaching the English course.
HRHL is designed and coordinated by Professors Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, co-directors of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and professorial lecturers-in-residence, and implemented under the academic direction of Robert K. Goldman, Louis C. James Scholar and professor of law.