Who We Are

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.

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Stakeholder 1: Law Students – The Bernstein Institute offers skill-building sessions and human-rights centered events and programs for law students and the NYU community.

Stakeholder 2: Young Human Rights Lawyers – The Bernstein Institute builds the next generation of human rights lawyers by supporting NYU law graduates with one-year fellowship placements in innovative human rights organizations.  Learn more about the Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship and the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights.

Stakeholder 3: Judges – The Bernstein Institute organizes an annual Judicial Seminar on International Human Rights Law.

Stakeholder 4: Human Rights Defenders –The Bernstein Institute supports human rights defenders across the world through research, education, and partnerships with organizations such as Human Rights in China, Amnesty International, and Namati.

Stakeholder 5: Scholars – The Bernstein Institute host scholars engaged in human rights research that advances the overall vision of the Institute.

Stakeholder 6: Interdisciplinary Allies – The Bernstein Institute champions the work of others advancing human rights laws and principles in fields beyond the law and convenes the NYU Initiative for Human Rights Innovation.  

Stakeholder 7: Affected Communities - The Bernstein Institute strives to be an academic leader in research, education, and advocacy on legal empowerment strategies to address human rights violations.