Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Human Rights Scholarship, Advocacy, and Education

The Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights is a research center that promotes cutting-edge scholarship, advocacy, and education on human rights issues in the US and abroad. Honoring and extending the human rights work and vision of Robert L. Bernstein, the Institute seeks to deepen engagement between scholars and those beyond academia—practitioners, law makers, diplomats, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions—on a wide variety of human rights issues, from Internet freedom and poverty to refugee rights and armed conflict. 

Human rights has long been a core focus of the Law School, and with this major initiative NYU Law is further demonstrating its dedication to training the next generation of human rights leaders. The Institute, with Professor of Clinical Law Margaret Satterthwaite ’99 as faculty director, will also support other human rights initiatives at the Law School and University.


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Hear about the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission

NYU Human Rights Centers

The Center for Human Rights & Global Justice initiates new and critical debate on human rights theory and practice. 

The US-Asia Law Institute is one of America’s preeminent research centers for the study of law in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. 

NYU Stern’s Center for Business and Human Rights challenges and empowers companies and future business leaders to make practical progress on human rights.