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, 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.


Video from our conference, “Tyranny of the Algorithm: Predictive Analytics & Human Rights” is now available.

Hear about the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission