Human Rights Program: Summer Fellowship Grants

The Harvard Law School Human Rights Program (“HRP”) offers fellowship grants to Harvard Law School students doing summer public interest internships with human rights organizations. HRP summer fellowship grants are available to 1L and 2L students (who have not previously been HRP summer fellows), and J.D. and S.J.D. students, who have previously been HRP summer fellows. Final applications are due February 1, 2013. All applicants must meet with Mindy Jane Roseman, Academic Director of HRP, before submitting applications. Please contact  ypedraza at to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit….

2013 Summer Academic Fellowship Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Academic Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is available to current HLS JD, LLM, and SJD students interested in pursuing academic careers in law, particularly as law professors. It provides students with the opportunity to dedicate time over the summer to academic writing, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The application deadline is February 4, 2013. Information about the Fellowship can be found at:…

Discussion Group: Human Rights

DISCUSSION GROUP: HUMAN RIGHTS Professor Emeritus Henry Steiner and Visiting Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin offer an interactive discussion group that will meet on five Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. during the spring semester. Our first meeting is February 12. The group is open to 2L, 3L and graduate students, and is limited to ten participants. This is not an offering of Harvard Law School but a personal project of the two teachers. Participants will not receive any academic credit. There will be no paper or exam. Readings of modest length will be distributed and should be read before our meetings. The discussions among participants, led by the co-teachers, examine three contemporary human rights topics. The issues that they raise involve religion, speech/expression, cultural identity, discrimination based on gender or ethnicity, and features of democratic government. Several Western European countries differ from the United States about the governmental action or policies involved in these topics. That is, they differ about whether such action and policies are consistent with or violations of international human rights or national constitutions. The topics exploring the substance of and reasons for these differences are: (1) governmental regulation prohibiting the wearing of certain dress in public spaces, particularly by Muslim immigrant women and principally for religious reasons; (2) governmental proscription of hate speech and blasphemy offending particular ethnic and religious groups; and (3) governmental regulation requiring or prohibiting use of quotas with respect to participation by women or members of ethnic/racial groups in academic and other institutions as well as in electoral politics. Students interested in learning more about this offering should send an email to  hsteiner at not later than Friday January 18 , noting Discussion Group in the subject line. They will receive by return email additional information about the group and topics enabling them to decide whether to apply to participate in this venture.

2013 Summer Internship Program at the Berkman Center, Application Deadline Feb. 10

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting applications for our 2013 Summer Internship Program! We are looking to engage a diverse group of students who are interested in studying — and changing the world through — the Internet and new communications technologies; who are driven, funny, and kind; and who would like to join our amazing community in Cambridge this summer for 10 weeks of shared research and exchange. Information about the summer program at:….