Last year, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) capitalized on the 16 years of experience within the field of bilingual Human Rights Legal Education and launched a Master’s (LL.M) in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This was an important extension of the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian law as the LL.M. benefits from the already internationally renowned standing of the Program, the Academy and AUWCL.
The LL.M. is the only Program of its kind in the US, focused entirely in Human Rights and comprised of a unique hybrid format that incorporates the Summer Program. During the Fall and Spring semesters, LL.M. students are able to take online courses from anywhere in the world and alongside their existing work responsibilities in their home countries. Then, in the Summer, for only three weeks, they join the AUWCL community on campus during the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year, in keeping with the bilingual tradition of the Program, the Academy Co-Directors launched a sister LL.M. program, which students are able to complete entirely in Spanish. The Spanish LL.M. has the same format as the English LL.M. launched last year.
These developments have been crucial to the Summer Program. It adds an additional layer of rigor to the courses as well as networking opportunities among the participants. It has also created a need now more than ever to continue to grow the Summer Program, increasing the courses and subjects that we cover every year, whilst maintaining the rigor and quality of the Program. This is especially important as we hope to continue to attract top of the line Faculty to teach these courses.
Also crucial for the future of the Summer Program, has been the recent opening of our brand new campus. Our new 8 ½ acre Tenley Campus allows us to expand on our core values of equality, diversity, global vision and engagement, intellectual rigor, experiential learning, and a student-centered approach. Our campus integrates faculty with students and promotes our open door policy. Particularly important, are our new teaching spaces, both courtroom and lecture style classrooms, will allow us to welcome even more students to the Summer Program every year. Our new spaces are also equipped with top of the line technology, which will allow us to explore new and innovative ways of teaching during the Program.