International Law and Human Rights Fellowship

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, in cooperation with the Institute for International Law and Justice, administers a fellowship program for selected NYU School of Law students that combines academic and practical experience in international law and human rights. The International Law and Human Rights  Fellowship Program offers the opportunity to complete a specialized training program in international law, undertake a summer internship at a leading institution or organization, and complete a substantial research paper growing out of that work experience. Established in 2002, the Fellowship Program is undertaken with support from the Public Interest Law Center (PILC). A modest stipend is available for students selected for the Fellowship.

The application for the 2016-17 International Law and Human Rights Fellowship is available here. The application deadline is due to ILHR.Fellows@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 12pm (noon).

Eligible applicants for the Fellowship are persons who are at the time of application full-time first-year JD, second-year JD, LLM and JSD students at NYU School of Law. The application, interview and selection process is competitive and rigorous and occurs during the Fall Semester.

Components

Fellowships generally focus on the areas of human rights, transitional justice and international law and consist of three main components:

  • a 10-12 week internship at an organization working in human rights or international law, usually in the summer, although graduating LLMs and JSDs may in some cases elect to complete it in the fall;
  • pre-internship preparation and training in the form of course requirements and 2-4 specialized sessions in the spring; and
  • a post-internship academic research paper under the supervision of NYU faculty or staff.

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2014 ILHR Fellows at a September 2015 dinner in their honor: Front row, Asma Peracha, Sarika Arya, Mimi Powell, Amy Dawson, Dan Peck, Amy Tan, Olivia Greene; Back row, Bryan Furst, Patti Shnell, Lucas Hansen, Charles Kopel, Nasser Alreshaid and Peter Speelman

 

Employment Affidavits:

ILHR Fellows who have completed their fellowship requirements may reach out to CHRGJ to request an employment affidavit. If you require one, kindly send your request to Pamela Mercado at mercadop@mercury.law.nyu.edu with the following information:

  1. Full name and address of host organization
  2. Dates of the internship
  3. A paragraph describing your work for the organization
  4. Name and title of direct supervisor
  5. Your mailing address

 

Learn More About the Fellowships:

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ILHR Fellows with 2016 internships at the International Law Commission, Geneva, Switzerland: Front row: Kali Montecalvo (Class of 2018), Nealofar Panjshiri (Class of 2018), Maanya Tandon (LLM 2016) and Ying Xiu (Alison) See (LLM 2016); Back row: Varindarjit Singh (LLM 2016) and Nathan Bishop (Class of 2018).

During the 2015-16 academic year, there were 27 ILHR Fellows, with practice placements at 22 inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental institutions in 20 countries.

ILHR Fellows with 2014 internships at the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. From left: Eric Brandon (Class of 2016), Meredith Riley (Class of 2016), Megan Henry (Class of 2016), Orfeas Chasapisi-Tassinis (LLM 2014), Umer Ali (Class of 2016), Matthias Lippod (LLM 2014), and Abby Zeith (LLM 2014).

ILHR Fellows with 2014 internships at the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. From left: Eric Brandon (Class of 2016), Meredith Riley (Class of 2016), Megan Henry (Class of 2016), Orfeas Chasapisi-Tassinis (LLM 2014), Umer Ali (Class of 2016), Matthias Lippod (LLM 2014), and Abby Zeith (LLM 2014).

Learn more about this year’s host organizations

Read the 2015 ILHR Fellows’ Blog

Read past students’ reflections on their internship placements

See a list of all ILHR Fellows and internship placements

Review PILC Summer Funding Internship Reports (NYU NetID and password required)

See the winning entry from the 2012 Fellowship Documentation Contest

 

Other photos of ILHR Fellows and activities:

Kali Montecalvo, Class of 2018, with internship at the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kali Montecalvo, Class of 2018, with internship at the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.


ILHR Fellow Claire Schupmann, Class of 2018, with internship with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

ILHR Fellow Claire Schupmann, Class of 2018, with internship with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.


ILHR Fellow Roxanne Moore (LLM 2014) during her 2014 internship at UNHCR Amman, Jordan, at the Zaatari Refugee Camp at a soccer match to celebrate International Refugee Day.

ILHR Fellow Roxanne Moore (LLM 2014) during her 2014 internship at UNHCR Amman, Jordan, at the Zaatari Refugee Camp at a soccer match to celebrate International Refugee Day.


ILHR Fellow Erika Asgeirsson (fifth from right, Class of 2016) with staff of Defence for Children International-Sierra Leone at her farewell party at the end of her 2014 internship in Freetown.

ILHR Fellow Erika Asgeirsson (fifth from right, Class of 2016) with staff of Defence for Children International-Sierra Leone at her farewell party at the end of her 2014 internship in Freetown.


ILHR Fellow Rachael Young (LLM 2012) during her internship with the Office of the Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, summer 2012.