The Academic Program

The Academic Program of the Human Rights Program seeks to inspire and offer guidance to international human rights learning, scholarship, and research at Harvard Law School. Founded by Professor Emeritus Henry Steiner in 1984, the Program helps students, advocates, and scholars deepen and disseminate their knowledge of human rights.

In advancing discussions and critical reflection on human rights, the Academic Program helps build a community of scholars and practitioners at Harvard Law School and beyond. The Program fosters student participation in human rights activities through summer and post-graduate fellowships, and support for experiential learning.. We partner with student organizations, such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal and Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights, to examine timely human rights issues and doctrinal debates. Our staff also advises students wishing to conduct research projects with human rights organizations, and provides counseling on careers in the field.

As HRP’s center for scholarship, the Academic Program plans events, directs international conferences and roundtables on human rights issues and publishes working papers and books. Our Visiting Fellows Program draws advocates and scholars from around the world to conduct primary research.

We also work closely with the International Human Rights Clinic, as well as human rights organizations in the United States and abroad, to bridge theory with practice and reflect on the current state of human rights.

Our Fellows and Alumni


Former Satter Fellow Regina Fitzpatrick, '08, in Juba, South Sudan, where she is a judicial affairs officer at the U.N. mission.

Our fellows and alumni are working around the world in a variety of capacities, whether as government officials, researchers for international human rights organizations, policymakers in UN agencies, leaders in national and local non-governmental organizations, or litigators and academics.

Are you one of our alums? If so, submit your info to our alumni album! Click Here to submit your info.