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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Our Focus Areas

Defending Dissent and the Rule of Law   Legal Empowerment   Developing Future Human Rights Leaders   NYU Human Rights Hub


Recent Bernstein Institute Highlights 

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On April 26-27 we hosted our 4th annual conference, Reimagining Justice.  More than 150 participants came together to learn and discuss legal empowerment with activists, lawyers, and scholars from over 25 countries.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellows Discuss Their Experience

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

 Stay tuned for more exciting programming in spring 2019