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Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights. The Human Rights Center was founded on December 10, 1988, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works at the nexus of scholarship and practice in the human rights field, seeking to maximize the effectiveness of human rights advocates.

Opportunities for Students​


2016-2017 UMN Student Liaison to Human Rights Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association

The MSBA Human Rights Committee is seeking a student liaison from the University of Minnesota for 2016-2017. Interested students should send a letter of interest to Liz Meske at EMeske@kfdmn.com by ​Monday, ​October 10, 2016. The student liaison will be able to participate in all work of the committee and will be responsible for connecting Human Rights Committee events and happenings with the Law School community and vice versa. All law students are eligible to join the Bar Association for free and can participate on the working committees as a voting or non-voting member. Great networking opportunity and resume builder​.​

​​​​2017 Summer Fellowship Opportunity: International Criminal Law​

The Human Rights Center will support 1-2 students for summer internships with the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), or the Mechanism International Criminal Tribunal (MICT). The selected students will receive recognition as a designated UMN Law School nominee, an institutional letter of recommendation, and ​if accepted by the UN, ​a Human Rights Fellowship of up to $5,000 to cover expected expenses.​ ​Applications must be submitted to Vicky Nguyen at the Human Rights Center by Monday, November 21, 2016 (12:00 pm). Please feel free to contact the Human Rights Center with any questions.​

Research Assistant on the Corporate Accountability for the Holocaust Project (with Professor Leigh Payne)

Research Assistant on International System of Human Rights (with Professor Christopher Roberts)

October Events

First Thursday Breakfast Series

Human Rights in Practice Series

September Events

Human Rights in Practice Series

HRC Events

Fall 2016 Schedule

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Human Rights Library

The Human Rights Library contains more than 65,000 documents in such diverse subject areas as education, refugees and asylum, and military medicine in war.

Click here to learn about our human rights hard-copy file collection.

Human Rights Center
University of Minnesota Law School
Mondale Hall, N-120
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: humanrts@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-0041
Fax: 612-625-2011