In the summer of 2012, CHRGJ launched its first-ever Annual Fellowship Spotlight Contest for students involved in its International Law and Human Rights Student Fellowship Program.
The contest invited multimedia submissions reflecting students’ experiences with their internship placements, encouraging a great degree of flexibility and reflection , as well as the utilization of a broad range of creative skills. Submissions were simply required to highlight aspects of the fellowship experience that had been particularly educational and, ideally, also reflect on the people and communities they’d had the opportunity to engage with.These submissions were meant to supplement another critical component of the fellowship program, the requirement of original scholarship in the form of a paper to be submitted upon completion of the program.
In 2012, CHRGJ received three outstanding submissions and decided to grant the prize to all three, rather than narrow it down to just one. This year’s winners were recognized at the annual Fellowship Dinner on September 19, 2012. To see the winning submissions, click on the student’s name or link below:
Emily’s winning submission is a video documenting her time at the Egyptian Initiative on Independent and Personal Rights. EIPR is an independent Egyptian human rights organization established in 2002 to promote and defend the personal rights and freedoms of individuals. It seeks to complement the work of Egyptian human rights groups by a focus on a group of rights and freedoms that are closest to the human-being: his/her body, privacy and health. EIPR explores the line between private and public in the lives of individuals and seeks to promote a debate about the State’s legitimate powers and the areas it should not invade. EIPR focuses on three programmatic areas: the right to privacy; violence and bodily integrity; and health and human rights.
Anji’s winning submission is a photo essay documenting a project from her internship at People’s Watch, a human rights NGO based in Tamil Nadu, India. Its mission is to empower marginalized sections of society to realize their rights through collective action. Its objectives are to hold the state accountable for violations of human rights and to promote a human rights culture in all elements of society. People’s Watch has several programmatic divisions, including human rights monitoring, Dalit human rights, women’s rights, rehabilitation of torture victims, and human rights education.
Alyson’s winning submission is a video documenting her time at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. KNCHR is an independent national institution established by an Act of Parliament in 2002 to lead in protecting and promoting human rights in Kenya. To achieve this, KNCHR’s key program areas are investigating complaints; providing redress; campaigns and advocacy; research, policy and legislation; economic, social and cultural rights; education; and capacity building and institutional strengthening. Comprised of seven commissioners, KNCHR has the some judicial powers to meet its obligations, e.g., to issue summonses to compel attendance and orders to produce documentation, as well as order the release from custody of persons unlawfully detained.
Winners receive a $500 prize and the opportunity to have their work featured on CHRGJ’s website.
The prize has currently been discontinued. Updates will be posted on this page and in the announcement section of our website.