The Human Rights Program (HRP) at Harvard Law School seeks to give impetus and direction to international human rights work at Harvard Law School. Founded by Professor Henry Steiner and now in its twenty-eighth year, the HRP fosters coursework and student participation in human rights activities through its summer fellowships, clinical work, speaker series, applied research, and scholarship. The HRP forges cooperative links with human rights organizations in this country and abroad, and works with student organizations such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights. The HRP plans and directs international conferences and roundtables on human rights issues, and publishes reports and scholarship resulting from these events. Its staff advises students wishing to conduct research projects with human rights organizations, and provides counseling on careers in the field.
Through these activities, the HRP seeks to make international human rights an integral part of a Harvard Law School education. It works to educate students who will be among the leaders of the human rights movement, and foster progress within the movement through its scholarship, engagement, criticism and suggestions.