Human Rights Scholarship, Advocacy, and Education

Honoring and extending the legacy of Robert L. Bernstein, the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law promotes cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy on human rights issues around the world, with a focus on defending dissent and advancing legal empowerment. The Institute embraces a holistic approach to human rights, deepening engagement with key stakeholders in the pursuit of justice: law students, human rights defenders, scholars, judges, interdisciplinary allies, and affected communities.

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, also supports other human rights initiatives at the Law School and University and acts as the coordinating hub for existing human rights work at NYU, including the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, the US-Asia Law Institute, and NYU Stern's Center for Business and Human Rights.

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Recent Bernstein Institute Highlights 

On Wed 9/13, we hosted the inaugural convening of the Iniative on Human Rights Innovation.  35 faculty and staff from 19 NYU schools, departments, and centers met to discuss collaboration on human rights research, courses, and programs.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship - Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted to spend a year working with Human Rights First, Make the Road New York, and the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human RightsLearn more and apply.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellows Discuss Their Experience

Watch Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellows Alex Zetes '17 and Jay Shooster '17 reflect on their Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellowship experiences.