Human Rights Center Welcomes Colombian Visitors
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013—The University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center and the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate the inauguration of the UMN - Antioquia Human Rights Law Partnership on September 10 at a reception at the Law School. The event will welcome nine visiting faculty, staff and students from four partnering academic institutions in the Antioquia region of Colombia.
The University received a $1.25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED) to create this three-year human rights law school partnership between the University and four law schools in Medellín, Colombia.
Attendees at the September 10 celebration will learn about the visitors' work in Colombia and introduce them to the wide range of human rights scholarship and advocacy at the University and in the broader Twin Cities community. The visitors will spend one to six weeks engaged in conversations with University faculty and clinical teams and local human rights advocates to gain a broader understanding of human rights education, clinical practice, and advocacy in the United States.
The objectives of the partnership include strengthening the institutional capacity of the Colombian law schools to train future legal practitioners in human rights; enhancing the outreach capacity of regional law schools to better serve vulnerable populations; and equipping future legal professionals with an understanding of national and international standards of human rights and the skills to support human rights in Colombia.