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.

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Bernstein Institute Advisory Board Members Strive Masiyiwa and Tom Bernstein discuss the connections between business leadership and human rights at our 3/24 event.


Watch Our Defending Dissent Trailer

WNYC's The Takeaway interviewed Defending Dissent panelists about their work.  Listen to Yara Sallam and Olga Sadovskaya.  


Check out our
Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow Blog Posts 

and learn about the Fellowship



Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

Sign Up for the Bernstein Institute Co-Sponsored Legal Empowerment Leadership Course taking place in Budapest Dec 4-8.  Deadline to Register is 8/28.


Join the Law Students for Human Rights Executive Board

Apply to join the 2017-2018 Law Students for Human Rights (LSHR) Executive Board - Spaces still open for Two Professional Chairs

After being on hiatus for this year, LSHR is re-emerging as a space for law students to engage with human rights advocacy. LSHR aims to provide students with first-hand exposure to work on substantive human rights matters—both at domestic and international levels—through involvement with advocacy projects with human rights organizations. 

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