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August 11, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law student Rachel Gallagher ’19 used her $6,500 Public Interest Law Association grant to fund her work this summer investigating human rights abuses and researching ongoing human rights violations.

July 11, 2017

For the first time, a new online database curated by the University of Virginia School of Law Library compiles the preparatory documents for nine international human rights conventions created by the United Nations.

June 9, 2017

Catherine Baylin Duryea was studying Middle Eastern history and culture at American University in Cairo in 2009 when she learned that one of her classmates had been arrested.

Duryea found herself swept up in an organizing effort working for her classmate’s release.

April 26, 2017

Mila Versteeg, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who studies the world's constitutions, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

March 20, 2017

Key players in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas (2016) discuss its implications for the future of affirmative action policies in the United States.

March 14, 2017

The challenges facing Southern Africa are worlds away from Charlottesville, Virginia, but a recent trip to the region by eight University of Virginia School of Law students brought the everyday concerns facing Zambians to life.

March 9, 2017

His work has explored boundaries of war and pathways to peace.

March 7, 2017

Five University of Virginia School of Law students recently joined their peers from other leading U.S. law schools and abroad to explore cutting-edge issues in public and private international law. 

February 16, 2017

Members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law recently reported on their 12-day winter break service trip to the East African nation of Tanzania.

January 17, 2017

A conference hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law on Feb. 3-4 aims to inspire students and lawyers to promote justice.

October 19, 2016

On a farm in the hills of Central Virginia, surrounded by acres of trees colored by the first signs of fall, a middle-aged Hispanic man in an unbuttoned, embroidered shirt considers a question. He stands in front of the long, whitewashed living quarters where an estimated 15 fruit pickers bunk.

September 12, 2016

UVA Law graduate Corban Addison discusses his new book, 'A Harvest of Thorns,' which delves into the human rights issues underlying the global consumer economy.

July 25, 2016

As a litigator with White & Case in New York throughout his career, and a partner since 1991, Owen Pell '83 has represented clients in an array of high-profile matters, including large securities fraud cases, foreign sovereign immunity and historical reparation matters, and in many internatio

May 26, 2016

University of Virginia School of Law Professor Mila Versteeg, who is among a small group of scholars to be the first to employ empirical methods in comparing the world's constitutions, has been awarded the Law Scho

March 24, 2016

Professor Alexander Aleinikoff, law professor and former dean at Georgetown University Law Center, discusses potential solutions to the global refugee crisis in his talk, "Towards a Global Compact for Refugees?" Aleinikoff is one of the world's foremost experts on immigration and refugee la

October 5, 2015

UVA Law graduate Corban Addison is the author of three international best-selling novels, "A Walk Across the Sun," "The Garden of Burning Sand," and "The Tears of Dark Water." An attorney, activist and world traveler, Addison brings attention to human rights crises around the world through

March 20, 2015

From helping poor defendants on crowded court dockets in New York and Louisiana, to providing relief to migrants in the Arizona desert, University of Virginia School of Law students aided legal and humanitarian efforts last week as volunteers through an alternative spring break program.

January 15, 2015

During a lecture for the January Term course The Law of Body Parts, Dr. Kenneth Brayman, division chief of transplant surgery at the University of Virginia, discussed the history of organ donation and current issues affecting the market and health care professionals. 

April 10, 2014

Mohammad Al Abdullah, Syria Justice and Accountability Center and Balkees Jarrah of the International Justice Program and Human Rights Watch spoke about transitional justice in Syria.

March 31, 2014

Third-year law student Brian Kennedy, a 2013-14 Cowan Fellow and president of the student-run Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law, wrote a detailed travelogue of this year's resear

March 13, 2014

A team of three University of Virginia School of Law students earned a first-place finish in the distinguished Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, held March 1-8 in Sintra, Portugal.

March 6, 2014

Hassane Cissé, deputy general counsel, knowledge and research for World Bank, delivered the keynote address for "Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development," a Feb. 24 symposium held at the University of Virginia School of Law.

January 30, 2014

In a Jan. 29 talk, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) discusses her landmark case, the first brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the United States before an international human rights tribunal. 

October 22, 2013

Marsha Levick, deputy director, chief counsel and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, gives the keynote address at the UVA Law Child Advocacy Clinic's 15th anniversary conference.

April 22, 2013

Basamm Haddad, director of the Middle East Studies program at George Mason University and founder of the e-zine Jadaliyya, spoke at UVA Law on the roots of the uprising in Syria and the current situation on the ground.

March 21, 2013

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, author and UVa Law alumnus Corban Addison discusses the research and writing of his novel, "A Walk Across the Sun," which crosses international boundaries and delves into both human trafficking and the depths of family love.

September 23, 2011

The U.S. Constitution is not nearly as strong of an influence on other countries' constitutions as it was in the past, according to a forthcoming article co-authored by University of Virginia School of Law professor Mila Versteeg.

October 27, 2010

A panel discussed the rights in education for marginalized and vulnerable groups during the Human Rights in Education Symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law on Oct. 15.

September 24, 2010

Haitian women are particularly vulnerable to violence and attack in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Law School on Monday.

September 24, 2010

Haitian women are particularly vulnerable to violence and attack in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Law School.

November 19, 2009

The law of using international courts, tribunals and commissions to compensate victims of war crimes has expanded radically in the past 30 years and will likely continue to change and grow, an expert in international litigation said at the Law School on Monday.

November 19, 2009

The law of using international courts, tribunals and commissions to compensate victims of war crimes has expanded radically in the past 30 years and will likely continue to change and grow, an expert in international litigation said at the Law School on Monday. 

October 28, 2009

Human rights attorneys Elizabeth Amory '01 (U.S. State Department), Mark Bromley '95 (founder and council chair, Council for Global Equality) and Susan Sajadi '05 (Burke O'Neil) discussed their careers at a lunch-time talk Monday.

October 20, 2009

David Fathi, director of Human Rights Watch's U.S. Program, spoke to students at the Law School on Tuesday during an event sponsored by the Immigration Law and Human Rights programs. 

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

April 17, 2009

More than a dozen Law School students and graduates will spread throughout the United States and the world this summer to undertake prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues. 

April 9, 2009

Eight students spent three weeks in Cambodia this January as Human Rights Study Project Cowan Fellows, a program designed to promote awareness of legal issues surrounding human rights in foreign countries.

March 23, 2009

Some Islamic traditionalists in Muslim countries are trying to chip away at basic human rights, despite constitutional protections, a women’s rights activist said at the Law School Friday.

March 23, 2009

Some Islamic traditionalists in Muslim countries are trying to chip away at basic human rights, despite constitutional protections, a women’s rights activist said at the Law School Friday.

March 19, 2009

Philip Schrag and David Kenny read from their book "Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America" on March 19 at an event sponsored by the Immigration Law Program and the Charlottesville Amnesty International chapter as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. 

February 19, 2009

Stuart CouchA former Marine Corps prosecutor who refused to prosecute a suspected terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay spoke at the Law School on Tuesday at an event sponsored by the Law Christian Fellowsh

February 19, 2009

A former Marine Corps prosecutor who refused to prosecute a suspected terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay spoke at the Law School on Tuesday at an event sponsored by the Law Christian Fellowship.

November 10, 2008

Chibli MallatJustice remains elusive in Lebanon three years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said former Lebanese presidential candidate and current visiting law professor Chibl

November 10, 2008

Justice remains elusive in Lebanon three years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said former Lebanese presidential candidate and current visiting law professor Chibli Mallat on Friday.

October 8, 2008

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision paves the way for a new round of hearings for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, but leaves several procedural questions open, according to a panel of legal experts who convened Oct. 1 at the Law School.

February 27, 2008

Human rights expert Gay McDougall learned, through her more than 35 years of international human rights work that, “racism is ubiquitous, it’s a global phenomenon."

April 25, 2007

Members of the Cowan Fellows Human Rights Study Project, who traveled to India earlier this year to conduct research on human rights issues, presented their findings and experiences.

March 28, 2007

Ruth Greenspan BellDebates over how to best address global climate change go on as if all of the world’s countries had the same sorts of economic, legal, and cultural frameworks, suggested Ruth Greens

March 28, 2007

Debates over how to best address global climate change go on as if all of the world’s countries had the same sorts of economic, legal, and cultural frameworks, suggested Ruth Greenspan Bell at a Virginia Environmental Law Journal symposium Friday.

March 28, 2007

Ruth BellDebates over how to best address global climate change go on as if all of the world’s countries had the same sorts of economic, legal, and cultural frameworks, suggested Ruth Greenspan Bell a

February 27, 2007

Alberto MoraAdopting a policy of cruelty towards its detainees will have a devastating effect on the United States, said Alberto J.

September 13, 2006

David GrahamAfter a toughly worded opinion from the Supreme Court slapping down the Bush administration’s detention of terrorism suspects without criminal charges, the president’s response, a M

September 13, 2006

After a toughly worded opinion from the Supreme Court slapping down the Bush administration’s detention of terrorism suspects without criminal charges, the president’s response, a Military Commissions Bill, also looks problematic.

February 16, 2006

The controversial use of extraordinary renditions to interrogate or detain suspected terrorists has evolved since its first use by the United States in 1995, but the practice fails to address concerns about torture and may be ineffective in quashing terrorism, said panelists at a Feb.

November 17, 2005

While U.S. officials in the past have made mistakes regarding the treatment of detainees, the Department of Defense and lawmakers are taking steps to clarify procedures and ensure that the United States is transparent in its policies, said panelists.