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.
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 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.
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
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 Brianne Cuffe at at firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
Full name and address of host organization
Dates of the internship
A paragraph describing your work for the organization
Name and title of direct supervisor
Your mailing address
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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).