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 2015-16 International Law and Human Rights Fellowship is available here.
Last year’s 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
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.
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 2016 Seminars.
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.
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.
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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).
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).