LLM Concentration in Human Rights
The human rights concentration is one of four concentrations offered to LL.M. students through Harvard Law School. It enables students with a strong interest in human rights to focus their studies and work closely with other students and faculty who share this interest. The concentration is best suited for students with either background or interest in human rights scholarship or activism who would like to deepen their commitment to the field, both from theoretical and practical perspectives.
Participants in the LL.M. Human Rights Concentration enroll in the fall semester course, International Human Rights, taught by Professor Gerald Neuman, Co-Director of the Human Rights Program, and the year-long “capstone” seminar, Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies, taught by Neuman, as well as other elective human rights courses. They also write their short or long LL.M. papers on a subject relating to human rights.
HRP faculty often lead reading groups on topics in their areas of expertise. Almost every fall, Susan Farbstein leads a 1L reading group, Becoming a Human Rights Advocate, and Tyler Giannini leads a 1L reading group, Communities and Human Rights Advocacy or Business and Human Rights. Past reading groups have included The “War on Terror” Memoir, Transitional Justice in Southern Africa, and International Reproductive/Sexual Health Rights.
Note: The International Human Rights Clinic also offers several human-rights related courses. The Law School offers additional human rights courses, which you can find in the course catalog here, particularly under “Human Rights” and “International, Comparative & Foreign Law.”