At American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), we believe that defining and celebrating the fundamental rights of all human beings is an obligation for all of the world’s citizens to fulfill, whether we represent government, civil society or ourselves as private individuals. One of the most important duties of a law school, and a priority at AUWCL, is to promote the values of human dignity through legal education in Washington DC.
With that in mind, The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was created in 1995 to promote practical approaches to human rights and humanitarian law as well as to strengthen links between human rights organizations, practitioners, and educators worldwide. Co-Directors Prof. Claudia Martin and Prof. Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón founded the Academy, under the advisory direction of Dean Claudio Grossman and Prof. Robert K. Goldman. Both alumni of the AUWCL, hailing from Argentina and Colombia respectively, Prof. Martin and Prof. Rodriguez-Pinzon both teach and specialize in international law and international protection of human rights.
The Co-Directors had hoped to enhance the culture and prominence of human rights and humanitarian law around the world. The Academy accomplished, and continues to accomplish, this task through its programs, partnerships, and scholarly endeavors. Additionally, they wished to offer relevant, empowering training for scholars, practitioners, and students interested in the international human rights system and laws. Thus, in 1999, the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was created.
With this Program, the Co-Directors wanted to create a venue for total immersion into the realm of human rights and humanitarian law. Particularly, they aimed to create an intensive short 3-week format to enable individuals with limited time, to develop their skills and gain invaluable, practical experience. Additionally, throughout their careers, the Co-Directors had identified an unfulfilled need for Human Rights Courses of high academic rigor throughout Latin America, specifically for persons who could not pursue additional degrees or wanted mid-career training. Hence, the Program was developed as a bilingual one, offering courses in both English and Spanish. This feature of the Program was particularly important to reflect the international character of the human rights field. Outside of the classroom, The Program was designed also to take full advantage of AUWCL’s location in Washington, D.C., by giving participants unrivaled opportunities to meet policy makers, visit influential international organizations and attend a multitude of international events.
The Academy is one of the many human rights programs at American University Washington College of Law, and represents the school’s priorities in practice through its partnership programs and projects that uniquely position it to address the need for a specialized, scholarly legal approach to human rights law. In the face of new challenges and issues that arise in our ever-changing world, the Academy is always finding innovative ways to create and strengthen partnerships between human rights organizations, practitioners and educators worldwide, thereby expanding its outreach.
The Academy is an important example of AUWCL’s commitment to act through legal education in order to realize fully the purposes of the rule of law. We hope to welcome you to the AUWCL community through one of the programs of the Academy. Our deadline to apply is May 1! Contact us for more information by email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-274-4070 or visit our webpage at Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law - American University Washington College of Law. You can also find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter by searching AcadHumanRights.
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