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.
Eligibility and Application Process
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.
A new call for applications will be published in September 2015.
Fellowships generally focus on the areas of human rights, transitional justice and international law and have three main components:
Training Program: During the Spring Semester, ILHR Fellows complete seminars on substantive international law issues that are relevant to their internships. Most students with internship placements at the International Law Commission are required to enroll in a 2-credit course about the ILC in the Spring semester. For a description of the seminars, see the Spring 2015 Seminars. A program for spring 2016 will be made available in the fall of 2016
Research Paper: ILHR Fellows undertake a supervised research project on a human rights, transitional justice or international law issue to be agreed upon in advance with academic supervisors at NYU. JD Fellows, other than those with internships at the International Law Commission, may choose to do the paper for course credit.
Fieldwork: ILHR Fellows conduct fieldwork through summer internships at placement sites for which they have applied and been selected, generally for 10 to 12 weeks. The nature of the fieldwork experience varies according to placement site, but may include direct client interaction, legal research, work on domestic campaigns, attending relevant meetings, drafting research or policy papers, or general institutional support as assigned by the host institution.
Blog: The CHRGJ created the ILHR Fellows Blog for student fellows to blog about their summer internship placements. This offers students an exciting opportunity to give more visibility to their work, to share experiences and to build their professional reputation as lawyers and scholars. Guidelines for the blog – including confidentiality considerations – will be made available during the spring semester.
- For more information about the nature of activities at particular placement sites, review internship reports of the PILC Summer Funding Program (NYU NetID and password required).
During the 2014-15 academic year, there were 29 ILHR Fellows, with fieldwork placements at 22 leading institutions, inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental in 20 countries.
Learn More About the Fellowships:
Learn more about current internship placement possibilities.
Read the 2015 ILHR Fellows’ Blog.
See a list of all ILHR Fellows and internship placements.
See the winning entry from the 2012 Fellowship Documentation Contest.
Other photos of ILHR Fellows and activities: