Human Rights Program

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An integral part of Miami Law’s Global and International Law Program, the Human Rights Program (HRP) provides a preeminent training ground for the study and practice of human rights law. HRP serves as the hub for a vibrant human rights community across the university, connecting faculty, students, alumni, advocates, and community members, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration.

Core focus areas include:

  • Exposing Students to Rich Course Offerings in Human Rights Law: Please read about our course offerings and faculty and find out about experiential opportunities through our Human Rights Clinic. Please also read about our HRP partners.
  • Hosting EventsDistinguished Lectures, and Global Convenings on Pressing Human Rights Issues
  • Generating Cutting-Edge Scholarship and Advocacy
  • Fostering Student Leadership and Professional Development


HRP faculty are leading voices in human rights scholarship and advocacy. HRP initiatives focus on holistic responses to gender violence, and the rights to food, health, and housing.

COURAGE Initiative

The Community Oriented and United Responses to Address Gender Violence and Equality Initiative is founded and directed by Professor Caroline Bettinger-López, who co-leads COURAGE projects with Professor Tamar Ezer and Professor Denisse Córdova Montes. It involves the following projects: the COURAGE in Policing Project, the COURAGE in COVID-19 Project, and the COURAGE in the Workplace Project.

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Food Rights Initiative

This initiative, founded and directed by Professor Denisse Córdova Montes, focuses on the realization of the rights to food and food sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples, small-scale food producers, and rural women, and on supporting U.S.-based efforts to enshrine the human right to food in state constitutions and local laws.

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Health Rights Initiative

This initiative, founded and directed by Professor Tamar Ezer, focuses on realization of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the intersection of health rights and drug policy, including addressing discrimination and violence against women who use drugs, and Indigenous health rights, including the right to a healthy environment.

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Housing Rights Initiative

This initiative, founded and directed by Professor Tamar Ezer, focuses on challenging the criminalization of poverty and marginalization, realizing the right to housing, and advancing women’s economic empowerment.

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Events: Distinguished Lectures, Symposia, Conferences, Film Screenings

HRP hosts regular events on critical human rights issues. This includes the annual Henkin Lecture Series on Human Rights, which has brought a leading human rights scholar to campus to share insights and reflections.

HRP further hosts symposia and conferences, examining pressing human rights issues and connecting global, national, and local perspectives. Partnership with a Miami Law journal captures lessons and deepens scholarship. Please find materials and videos from past symposia that have focused on the following:

International Law & COVID-19 - April 12, 16 2021

Petty Offenses: Challenging Criminalization of Poverty, Marginalization, and Gender Non-Conformity - September 20-21, 2019

Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction & Human Rights - February 23-25, 2011

HRP additionally collaborates with the Human Rights Society and hosts various speaker events and film screenings in response to student and faculty interest.

See all past events in the area of human rights.


The University of Miami School of Law has been frequently featured in local, national, and international news for its work in the area of human rights.

See all past coverage of Human Rights Program activities, including by Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic.

Career Opportunities

HRP fosters student opportunities and works to develop the next generation of human rights leaders.

HRP is collaborating with the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center to launch a dedicated one-year post-graduate fellowship in human rights. Please read about our first post-graduate fellow, Gita Howard, who will be working at Human Rights First.

Furthermore, in collaboration with the Human Rights Society, the Human Rights Program hosts advising sessions for students interested in human rights careers. 

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  • See Sampling of Past Human Rights Placements

    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Anti-Defamation League 
    • Center for Children’s Law and Policy, (Washington, DC)
    • Center for Reproductive Rights (New York, NY)
    • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales - CELS (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    • Council for Children’s Rights (Charlotte, NC)
    • EarthRights International
    • Environmental Law Institute
    • Equal Rights Advocates (San Francisco, CA)
    • Florida Department of Health
    • Florida Justice Institute
    • Human Rights First
    • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington, DC)
    • International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands)
    • Institute for Human Rights (Berlin, Germany)
    • Lambda Legal (New York, NY)
    • Legal Aid MLK Summer Internship Program (Raleigh, NC)
    • Miami-Dade School Board
    • Public Defender's Office
    • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
    • The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (Washington, DC)
    • United Nations (New York, NY)
    • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom-USCIRF (Washington, DC)

Human Rights Program Partners

Miami Law's Human Rights Program, including through the Human Rights Clinic, collaborates on scholarship and advocacy initiatives with various global, national, state, and local partners, as well as academic centers.

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