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The Human Rights Institute sits at the heart of human rights teaching, practice, and scholarship at Columbia Law School. 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 activities of the Human Rights Clinic are included in the Institute’s work, enabling us to multiply our impact on the field and engage students more fully in our efforts. The Institute’s newly formed Columbia Advisory Committee provides input and feedback on the Institute’s activities and promotes awareness of the Institute’s activities within the law school and Columbia University community.

The Institute currently focuses its work in several substantive areas: Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights; Human Rights in the United States; Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy; and University Human Rights Education in Burma. We have developed distinct approaches to work in each area, building bridges between scholarship and activism, developing capacity within the legal community, engaging governments, and modeling new strategies for progress.

This report details our activities from September 2014 to August 2015.