The Lowenstein Human Rights Project is the law school's extracurricular human rights group. Through the Lowenstein Project, small teams of students work on specific human rights issues, usually on behalf of, and with guidance from, a human rights or other public interest NGO. Teams conduct research, write memoranda, engage in advocacy activities, and organize events at the law school. The Lowenstein Project was founded in 1981 and named in honor of Allard K. Lowenstein
, a U.S. Congressman and pioneering human rights activist. Sophie Chau, Jaclyn Harris and Julia Shu are the 2014-15 Student Directors of the Lowenstein Project, and Jim Silk
is the Project's faculty adviser. The Lowenstein Project regularly works with leading U.S.-based human rights organizations as well as smaller organizations headquartered in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Although the Lowenstein Project is an extracurricular group, student participants may receive one ungraded credit per semester for their participation after their first semester of law school. Many students find summer internships through their involvement in the Lowenstein Project
Most of the projects that students carry out through the Lowenstein Project are developed in cooperation with outside organizations, students are also encouraged to initiate their own projects and solicit volunteers through the Lowenstein Project. The Lowenstein Project holds an organizational meeting each fall to recruit new members and discuss possible projects.
If your organization is interested in working with the Lowenstein Project, please click here to learn more about our project development process.