Transformative experiences on the ground and in the field

What past IHRP fellows say about their experiences

Photo of Ben Liston in Nepal 2011

 

 

"This internship has already provided the most in-depth, hand on (at times overwhelming) crash course in refugee rights I could have hoped for"

- Ben Liston, IHRP Intern, 2011 

 


 "The summer also gave me an unforgettable chance to get to know Ghana, which is so different than anywhere else I have lived in ways that were both wonderful and challenging. I made some dear friends and colleagues while I lived there, and thanks to the famous Ghanaian hospitality, I saw more of the country and became integrated into local life much more than I had expected to in such a short period of time...."

Sarah Beamish, IHRP-Brews Intern 2013


 

"My IHRP internship during my 1L summer was a transformative experience for me. It was an incredible opportunity to work with a community of really talented and inspiring Ugandan human rights lawyers. I was able to witness firsthand their efforts to make real changes to their society and to see how the law played a role in this effort. It was an experience that shaped my academic interests in law. I'm very grateful to the IHRP and to HUman Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (Uganda) for the experience I had during my 1L summer."

- Kathryn Hart, IHRP intern 2013


Photo of Lindsay Burrow with James Anaya and others"I greatly enjoyed my time in Tucson. The desert is a special place for me and it was wonderful to make new connections with people, the land and law over the three months I was there. I’m grateful for the IHRP for providing this opportunity. It has certainly broadened my understanding of what a law career can offer. Most importantly the internship deepened my appreciation for the beauty and resilience of indigenous cultures, lands, languages and laws."

- Lindsay Burrows, IHRP Intern 2013


"My internship this summer has been extremely rewarding, not only academically but on a personal and emotional level. I spent the summer studying forced labour litigation against Japanese corporations operating during World War II. It is a topic that necessitated spanning the globe: I began at the U.S. National Archives in Washington DC and later journeyed to China, South Korea, and finally Japan. After three months of research, travelling, and meetings, I was left fairly exhausted, but also with an understanding of why these issues from so long ago are still important today and how far they are from being properly addressed. After meeting those who have spent decades fighting to help forced labour victims achieve redress, their frustration at the failure to achieve success in the courtroom was evident; however, even more apparent was the resolve and optimism that still remains."  

- Glenn Brandys, IHRP Intern, 2012


 "I cannot speak highly enough of the experiences this internship has afforded me.  After two months of working at the ICC and living in The Hague, I now have a much clearer sense of the practice of international criminal law.  I feel lucky to witness the interaction of lawyers from around the world, both in my daily work on the Banda and Jerbo defence and more generally from living in The Hague."

- Louis Century, IHRP Intern 2011 


30 years of transformative fellowships

The IHRP offers approximately 15-20 students at the Faculty the opportunity to spend all or part of their summer working on international human rights law issues through the summer fellowship program. The goal of the program is to train and develop the capacity of students in the promotion and protection of international human rights through advocacy, activism, research and education. At the same time, the IHRP fellowships allow students to gain practical experience in the field, undertake independent research or experience human rights concerns that are of interest to them.

Since 1988, the IHRP has facilitated over 350 fellowships for law students with organizations in more than 30 different countries. Many students undertake their fellowships during the summer, though some have interned after graduation or as part of their articles.