The Human Rights Program was founded in 1984 as a center for human rights scholarship. It later expanded to include an International Human Rights Clinic. Today, our faculty and staff include scholars and practitioners with decades of experience in the field. Seven members of our team teach at the Law School; an equal number supervise clinical projects each year. As part of the broader human rights community at Harvard, we work closely with other faculty, numerous graduate students, and research centers at the Law School and University. We are also fortunate to host a group of Visiting Fellows each year who enhance our community with their research and practice experience.
Faculty & Staff
Director, Human Rights Program
Tyler Giannini specializes in Alien Tort Statute litigation, business and human rights, human rights and the environment, as well as Burma. He co-directs the Human Rights Program and its International Human Rights Clinic. He is also the co-founder of EarthRights International.
Gerald L. Neuman
Director, Human Rights Program
J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law
Gerald L. Neuman specializes in international human rights law, immigration and nationality law, and U.S. constitutional law. He co-directs the Human Rights Program and was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 2011-2014.
Susan Farbstein specializes in South Africa, transitional justice, Alien Tort Statute litigation, community lawyering, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights. She co-directs the International Human Rights Clinic.
Associate Director, Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection
Lecturer on Law
Bonnie Docherty specializes in arms and armed conflict, particularly cluster munitions and incendiary weapons. She is also a senior researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch.
Yee Htun is the Director of Myanmar Program for Justice Trust, a legal non-profit that partners with lawyers and activists to strengthen communities fighting for justice and human rights.
Paul Hoffman is a civil and human rights lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. He is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Schonbrun Seplow Harris and Hoffman LLP where he handles a wide range of cases, including police misconduct, wrongful conviction, freedom of speech and assembly and international human rights.
Katherine Talbot Young
Katherine Talbot is the Program Associate for the International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to coming to Harvard Law School, she supported three faculty members at Harvard Business School as a Faculty Assistant.
Henry J. Steiner
Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Emeritus
Henry Steiner founded the Human Rights Program in 1984 and served as its director until he became professor emeritus in 2005.
Deval Desai is an SJD Candidate at Harvard Law School, focusing on the rule of law, development, and corporate accountability.
OPIA/HRP Wasserstein Fellow-in-residence
Priyanka Chirimar, OPIA/HRP Wasserstein Fellow-in-residence, is joining OPIA for the Fall 2017 semester. Priyanka Chirimar is a human rights attorney from India with 13 years of experience in domestic and international courts on a wide range of legal matters.
Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir is a Senior Lecturer of immigration and international law at the College of Law and Business, Israel. She received her LLB from Tel Aviv University, Magna Cum Laude (2002).
Yitayew Alemayehu is a lawyer with graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Northeastern University. Yitayew has extensive experience in the public, civil society and academic sectors, including as the founding director of one of the pioneer and successful human rights organizations in Ethiopia.