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August 30, 2021

Salwa Ahmad and Molly Keck are this year’s recipients of the Virginia Public Service Scholarship, a full-tuition award given to University of Virginia School of Law students who are pursuing public service careers.

July 19, 2021

As protests grow against the communist regime in Cuba and state forces crack down on the citizen movement, University of Virginia School of Law professor Camilo Sánchez looks at legal questions surrounding the human rights crisis.

July 9, 2021

University of Virginia School of Law professor Mila Versteeg’s co-authored book “How Constitutional Rights Matter” won the International Society of Public Law prize Friday.

July 7, 2021

University of Virginia School of Law faculty discuss news-making rulings from the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court term.

May 4, 2021

Kunchok Dolma, a graduating University of Virginia School of Law student, discusses wanting to become a lawyer to help immigrant communities such as hers.

December 10, 2020

Professor David Luban, a legal ethicist who has studied the authorization of military torture, will visit the University of Virginia School of Law this spring.

December 8, 2020

The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law contributed to a report that could help protect gay men, and others suspected of being LGBTQ, from being persecuted in Nigeria.

June 26, 2020

Rachel Davidson Raycraft ’20 discusses her experiences in international law and public policy at the University of Virginia School of Law, including co-authoring a World Economic Forum paper.

May 6, 2020

Students in a University of Virginia School of Law clinic have helped shape new U.N. guidance on the relationship between advances in science and human rights.

March 9, 2020

The eight students in the Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law ventured overseas in early January to learn about human rights law in India.

March 2, 2020

Professors Pierre-Hugues Verdier and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia School of Law were cited in a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

February 26, 2020

Lobsang Sangay, regent of the Central Tibetan Administration, delivers the Human Rights Program spring lecture. Sangay discusses his experiences leading a government in exile, representing the Tibetan diaspora, and advocating for political autonomy and power for greater Tibet.

January 15, 2020

In her work at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Terrica Ganzy ’02 is on a mission to help people who are sentenced to death.

November 20, 2019

Students with the University of Virginia School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic recently helped organize a conference that brought experts together to discuss reforms.

October 25, 2019

Sanho Tree, the director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Teresa García Castro, an associate with the Drug Policy Program at WOLA, spoke about the history of the war on drugs and the impact it has today on counternarcotics efforts and incarceration of women, respectively. This event was sponsored by UVA Law’s Human Rights Program.

September 20, 2019

Victor Madrigal-Borloz discusses his work as U.N. independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The talk marked the Human Rights Program kickoff for the year.

August 16, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law student Mika Bray ’20 used her public service fellowship grant to work at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica this summer.

May 28, 2019

Members of the Human Rights Study Project detail their work during the course of their January 2019 trip.

May 28, 2019

The Human Rights Program at the University of Virginia School of Law allows students to explore the range of opportunities available in the human rights field, at home and abroad, through hands-on experiences. The program is the hub for human rights activities at the Law School, and cooperates with student groups, faculty members, the Public Service Center and Career Services, and human rights organizations to coordinate speakers, events, summer and postgraduate employment, and pro bono opportunities.

April 29, 2019

Students’ intellectual curiosity drove a recent University of Virginia School of Law research collaboration on presidents around the world who don’t want to leave office.

April 16, 2019

Students with the University of Virginia School of Law International Human Rights Clinic traveled to Geneva earlier this month to present their research at sessions of a U.N. committee on migrants.

April 4, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law students with the International Human Rights Clinic visited Colombia to research legal remedies for the nation’s air pollution crisis.

March 29, 2019

Rachel Barnes ’21, a J.D.-MBA candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law, has been elected vice chair of the National Black Law Students Association.

March 25, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law students Clay Davis, Manal Cheema and Irina Danescu recently made the semifinals of the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition.

March 25, 2019

Professor Camilo Sánchez, director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic and co-director of UVA Law’s Human Rights Program, describes the school’s curricular and clinical offerings in the international human rights field. This session was part of UVA Law's 2019 Admitted Students Open House. 

February 14, 2019

Students in the yearlong Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law trekked through Nepal in January.

February 14, 2019

Students in the Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law took part in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Nepal in January 2019. They were joined by alumni for a trek to Mount Everest base camp. The trip was sponsored by philanthropist David C. Burke ’93.

December 20, 2018

Scholars, jurists and practitioners will explore the status and future of U.S. foreign relations law in light of a new restatement at the 31st Sokol Colloquium Jan. 11-12 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

July 24, 2018

The 17th annual Human Rights Study Project of the University of Virginia School of Law will travel to Nepal in January.

June 4, 2018

Camilo Sánchez will join the University of Virginia School of Law as an associate professor and director of the International Human Rights Clinic.

April 2, 2018

Eight students in the Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law put the books aside and spent two weeks in Myanmar, also known as Burma, over winter break to study the country’s nascent government in person.

August 11, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law student Rachel Gallagher ’19 used her $6,500 Public Interest Law Association grant to fund her work this summer investigating human rights abuses and researching ongoing human rights violations.

July 11, 2017

For the first time, a new online database curated by the University of Virginia School of Law Library compiles the preparatory documents for nine international human rights conventions created by the United Nations.

June 9, 2017

Catherine Baylin Duryea was studying Middle Eastern history and culture at American University in Cairo in 2009 when she learned that one of her classmates had been arrested.

Duryea found herself swept up in an organizing effort working for her classmate’s release.

April 26, 2017

Mila Versteeg, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who studies the world's constitutions, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

March 20, 2017

Key players in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas (2016) discuss its implications for the future of affirmative action policies in the United States.

March 17, 2017

Professor John Norton Moore is an influential figure in the realms of national security and oceans policy who is celebrating 50 years of teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law.

March 14, 2017

The challenges facing Southern Africa are worlds away from Charlottesville, Virginia, but a recent trip to the region by eight University of Virginia School of Law students brought the everyday concerns facing Zambians to life.

March 9, 2017

Professor John Norton Moore is an influential figure in the realms of national security and oceans policy who is celebrating 50 years of teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law.

March 7, 2017

Five University of Virginia School of Law students recently joined their peers from other leading U.S. law schools and abroad to explore cutting-edge issues in public and private international law. 

February 16, 2017

Members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law recently reported on their 12-day winter break service trip to the East African nation of Tanzania.

January 17, 2017

A conference hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law on Feb. 3-4 aims to inspire students and lawyers to promote justice.

October 19, 2016

Each fall, students with the Migrant Farmworker Project at the University of Virginia School of Law check in on 13 farms in the region to ensure seasonal agricultural workers get the pay and fair treatment they are entitled to under the law.

October 19, 2016

Each fall, students with the Migrant Farmworker Project at the University of Virginia School of Law check in on 13 farms in the region to ensure seasonal agricultural workers get the pay and fair treatment they are entitled to under the law.

September 12, 2016

UVA Law graduate Corban Addison discusses his new book, 'A Harvest of Thorns,' which delves into the human rights issues underlying the global consumer economy.

July 25, 2016

As a litigator with White & Case in New York throughout his career, and a partner since 1991, Owen Pell '83 has represented clients in an array of high-profile matters, including large securities fraud cases, foreign sovereign immunity and historical reparation matters, and in many internatio

May 31, 2016

As a litigator with White & Case in New York throughout his career, and a partner since 1991, Owen Pell '83 has represented clients in an array of high-profile matters, including large securities fraud cases, foreign sovereign immunity and historical reparation matters, and in many international cross-border disputes.

May 26, 2016

University of Virginia School of Law Professor Mila Versteeg, who is among a small group of scholars to be the first to employ empirical methods in comparing the world's constitutions, has been awarded the Law School's Carl McFarland Prize.

March 31, 2016

Students in the Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law recently traveled to Bogota, Colombia, to examine the ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest guerrilla group in the South American country.

March 24, 2016

Professor Alexander Aleinikoff, law professor and former dean at Georgetown University Law Center, discusses potential solutions to the global refugee crisis in his talk, "Towards a Global Compact for Refugees?" Aleinikoff is one of the world's foremost experts on immigration and refugee la

October 5, 2015

UVA Law graduate Corban Addison is the author of three international best-selling novels, "A Walk Across the Sun," "The Garden of Burning Sand," and "The Tears of Dark Water." An attorney, activist and world traveler, Addison brings attention to human rights crises around the world through

March 20, 2015

From helping poor defendants on crowded court dockets in New York and Louisiana, to providing relief to migrants in the Arizona desert, University of Virginia School of Law students aided legal and humanitarian efforts last week as volunteers through an alternative spring break program.

January 15, 2015

During a lecture for the January Term course The Law of Body Parts, Dr. Kenneth Brayman, division chief of transplant surgery at the University of Virginia, discussed the history of organ donation and current issues affecting the market and health care professionals. 

April 10, 2014

Mohammad Al Abdullah, Syria Justice and Accountability Center and Balkees Jarrah of the International Justice Program and Human Rights Watch spoke about transitional justice in Syria.

March 31, 2014

Third-year law student Brian Kennedy, a 2013-14 Cowan Fellow and president of the student-run Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law, wrote a detailed travelogue of this year's resear

March 13, 2014

A team of three University of Virginia School of Law students earned a first-place finish in the distinguished Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, held March 1-8 in Sintra, Portugal.

March 6, 2014

Hassane Cissé, deputy general counsel, knowledge and research for World Bank, delivered the keynote address for "Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development," a Feb. 24 symposium held at the University of Virginia School of Law.

January 30, 2014

In a Jan. 29 talk, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) discusses her landmark case, the first brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the United States before an international human rights tribunal. 

October 22, 2013

Marsha Levick, deputy director, chief counsel and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, gives the keynote address at the UVA Law Child Advocacy Clinic's 15th anniversary conference.

April 22, 2013

Basamm Haddad, director of the Middle East Studies program at George Mason University and founder of the e-zine Jadaliyya, spoke at UVA Law on the roots of the uprising in Syria and the current situation on the ground.

March 21, 2013

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, author and UVa Law alumnus Corban Addison discusses the research and writing of his novel, "A Walk Across the Sun," which crosses international boundaries and delves into both human trafficking and the depths of family love.

September 23, 2011

The U.S. Constitution is not nearly as strong of an influence on other countries' constitutions as it was in the past, according to a forthcoming article co-authored by University of Virginia School of Law professor Mila Versteeg.

October 27, 2010

A panel discussed the rights in education for marginalized and vulnerable groups during the Human Rights in Education Symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law on Oct. 15.

September 24, 2010

Haitian women are particularly vulnerable to violence and attack in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Law School on Monday.

September 24, 2010

Haitian women are particularly vulnerable to violence and attack in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Law School.

November 19, 2009

The law of using international courts, tribunals and commissions to compensate victims of war crimes has expanded radically in the past 30 years and will likely continue to change and grow, an expert in international litigation said at the Law School on Monday.

November 19, 2009

The law of using international courts, tribunals and commissions to compensate victims of war crimes has expanded radically in the past 30 years and will likely continue to change and grow, an expert in international litigation said at the Law School on Monday. 

October 28, 2009

Human rights attorneys Elizabeth Amory '01 (U.S. State Department), Mark Bromley '95 (founder and council chair, Council for Global Equality) and Susan Sajadi '05 (Burke O'Neil) discussed their careers at a lunch-time talk Monday.

October 20, 2009

David Fathi, director of Human Rights Watch's U.S. Program, spoke to students at the Law School on Tuesday during an event sponsored by the Immigration Law and Human Rights programs. 

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues. 

April 9, 2009

Corruption in Cambodia’s criminal courts is rampant, but the biggest problem facing defendants may be their ability to find a qualified lawyer, second-year law student Zach Williams discovered.

April 9, 2009

Eight students spent three weeks in Cambodia this January as Human Rights Study Project Cowan Fellows, a program designed to promote awareness of legal issues surrounding human rights in foreign countries.

April 9, 2009

A journey to visit the schools of the indigenous Tempuan and Kreung communities in Cambodia’s northeast province led second-year law student Kathleen Doherty away from the flat rice paddies of much of the nation and to a mountainous area filled with waterfalls, crater lakes and red, dusty roads.

April 9, 2009

It’s hard to fight a nation’s ingrained attitudes about disabilities when they are tied to religious beliefs, third-year law student Robin Freeman learned in Cambodia.

April 9, 2009

Microfinancing has been touted as the next big solution to poverty in developing countries, but whether such programs get results isn’t clear in Cambodia, second-year law student Kathleen Ho discovered.

April 9, 2009

Land laws passed in Cambodia in 2001 have been “taken hostage” by the country’s elite, said Guillermo Jover-Cataldi. But land rights prior to that were unclear in the country as a matter of custom.

April 9, 2009

At the students’ hotel — a safe and clean tourist establishment — signs of the sex trade were everywhere.

April 9, 2009

Cambodia’s historically conflicted relationship with its eastern neighbor Vietnam also translates into citizenship problems for ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia.

April 9, 2009

Third-year law student Gabriel Walters had an insider’s access to the lawyers, officials and NGO staff connected to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, but there was one problem.

April 9, 2009

After traveling 33 hours by plane, car and boat, second-year law student Guillermo Jover-Cataldi arrived in a rural Cambodian district and finally met the people he was hoping to help.

March 23, 2009

Some Islamic traditionalists in Muslim countries are trying to chip away at basic human rights, despite constitutional protections, a women’s rights activist said at the Law School Friday.

March 23, 2009

Some Islamic traditionalists in Muslim countries are trying to chip away at basic human rights, despite constitutional protections, a women’s rights activist said at the Law School Friday.

March 19, 2009

Philip Schrag and David Kenny read from their book "Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America" on March 19 at an event sponsored by the Immigration Law Program and the Charlottesville Amnesty International chapter as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. 

February 19, 2009

A former Marine Corps prosecutor who refused to prosecute a suspected terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay spoke at the Law School on Tuesday at an event sponsored by the Law Christian Fellowship.

February 19, 2009

A former Marine Corps prosecutor who refused to prosecute a suspected terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay spoke at the Law School on Tuesday at an event sponsored by the Law Christian Fellowship.

November 10, 2008

Justice remains elusive in Lebanon three years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said former Lebanese presidential candidate and current visiting law professor Chibli Mallat on Friday.

November 10, 2008

Justice remains elusive in Lebanon three years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said former Lebanese presidential candidate and current visiting law professor Chibli Mallat on Friday.

October 8, 2008

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision paves the way for a new round of hearings for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, but leaves several procedural questions open, according to a panel of legal experts who convened Oct. 1 at the Law School.

February 27, 2008

Human rights expert Gay McDougall learned, through her more than 35 years of international human rights work that, “racism is ubiquitous, it’s a global phenomenon."

April 25, 2007

Members of the Cowan Fellows Human Rights Study Project, who traveled to India earlier this year to conduct research on human rights issues, presented their findings and experiences.

March 28, 2007

Debates over how to best address global climate change go on as if all of the world’s countries had the same sorts of economic, legal, and cultural frameworks, suggested Ruth Greenspan Bell at a Virginia Environmental Law Journal symposium Friday.

March 28, 2007

Debates over how to best address global climate change go on as if all of the world’s countries had the same sorts of economic, legal, and cultural frameworks, suggested Ruth Greenspan Bell at a Virginia Environmental Law Journal symposium Friday.

February 27, 2007

Adopting a policy of cruelty towards its detainees will have a devastating effect on the United States, said Alberto J. Mora, former general counsel to the Department of the Navy, in a keynote address at the J.B. Moore Society of International Law Symposium, “International Law at a Crossroads,” hosted by the Law School and the Miller Center of Public Affairs Feb. 23.

September 13, 2006

After a toughly worded opinion from the Supreme Court slapping down the Bush administration’s detention of terrorism suspects without criminal charges, the president’s response, a Military Commissions Bill, also looks problematic and likely will not be acted on in the current congressional session, said panelists at a Law School event Sept. 6.

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