Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

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, advocacy and education on human rights issues around the world, with priority accorded to closed and closing societies. The Institute embraces a holistic approach to the advancement of human rights, deepening engagement and action by key stakeholders in the pursuit of human rights and social justice: law students, young lawyers, advocacy organizations, judges, scholars, 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.


Harlo Holmes demonstrates how quickly a simple password can be hacked at our 12/5 Digital Security Training session, which featured speakers from the Freedom of the Press Foundation and NYU Law's Technology Law and Policy Clinic. 

Hear about the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission

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Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow Blog Posts 

and learn about the Fellowship



Summer Legal Internship

We are accepting applications for a full-time summer legal intern.  The program will run from June 5 to August 11, 2017. Click here for more info and to apply. Deadline 2/28

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