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.


On Thursday, 11/3, Zelalem Kibret, Zone 9 blogger and scholar-in-residence at CHRGJ, joined NYU Law students for an eye-opening discussion about the current human rights situation in Ethiopia and the country's relation to the U.S.


Hear about the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission

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Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow
Blog Posts


Upcoming Events

Digital Security Training

December 5, 12:30-2:00pm

Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202

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