Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) was founded in 1990 as a way to coordinate all the human rights and humanitarian law activities at WCL. The Center’s objective is “to work with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world.”.
The Center has created numerous projects throughout the years to advance the cause of human rights. These projects include the Human Rights Brief, a student run publication on international human rights news; the Israel-US Civil Liberties Law Program, which trains Israeli lawyers in Human Rights law; WCL/University of Peshawar Collaborative Exchange and Capacity Building Program, a program designed to enhance the human rights and gender studies programs at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan; the Project on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor; and many others. Each year the Center also co-hosts the Human Rights Film Series with the American University's Center for Social Media to demonstrate how film can be used as a tool to promote human rights. In past years, films shown included Banished (film), State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, At the Death House Door, When the Levees Broke, Encounter Point, The Devil's Miner, and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. In addition, the Center hosts 50-70 events throughout the academic year, including panel discussions, lectures by human rights practitioners, and seminars for law students interested in human rights.
- Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. “History of the Center.” Washington College of Law. 2010. 25 June 2010.
- Fenner, Kate (2010). The Center Overview. Washington College of Law.
- Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. “Past Events.” Washington College of Law. 2010. 25 June 2010.