The Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point of international human rights education, scholarship, and practice at Columbia Law School. The Institute currently focuses on a number of key themes, and, throughout the year, hosts a wide array of symposia, lectures, and other events to bring practitioners and scholars together.

Founded in 1998 by the late Professor Louis Henkin, the institute draws on the law school’s deep human rights tradition to support and influence human rights practice in the United States and throughout the world. The institute and the Human Rights Clinic have become increasingly integrated over the years, enabling us to multiply our impact on the field and engage students more fully in our work.




Human Rights in the United States, Sarah H. Cleveland and Catherine Powell


The Legacy of Louis Henkin: Human Rights in the "Age of Terror" – An Interview with Sarah H. Cleveland, Sarah H. Cleveland

Working Papers


Human Rights in the United States – Foreword, Sarah H. Cleveland and Catherine Powell