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Law School Hosts 10 Humphrey Fellows

SEPT. 9, 2008 — The University of Minnesota Law School and the Human Rights Center are proud to announce that they will host 10 Humphrey Law Fellows during the 2008-09 academic year.

This year’s Humphrey Fellows come from Brazil, Ecuador, Iraq, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe. They are active in their home countries in such fields as anti-human trafficking initiatives, civic participation, communications regulation, law enforcement, transitional justice, juvenile law, and human rights law.

Through the international Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, accomplished mid-career professionals from designated developing countries spend 10 months at U.S. universities, pursuing professional development, non-degree academic study, and cultural exchange. Fellowships are granted competitively based, in part, on a commitment to public service. The Institute of International Education, which administers the program, selects host universities for Fellows based on their interests and needs.

Humphrey Fellows pursue a focused program and have full access to the Law School’s faculty, curriculum, and research institutes. The Law School facilitates connections with other units on campus, including the Humphrey Institute, which also was selected to host a group of Humphrey Fellows in the field of Public Policy. Fellows share their experience and expertise with their professional counterparts in the Minnesota and U.S. legal communities.

Since 1981, the University of Minnesota has hosted nearly 350 Humphrey Fellows from dozens of countries. The program creates an extraordinary environment for cross-cultural learning, advances understanding, strengthens global exchange of knowledge, and creates lasting ties.

A reception to welcome the 2008-09 Humphrey Fellows will be held Sept. 17 in the Law School’s Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his life-long commitment to international cooperation and public service.

The Human Rights Center was inaugurated in 1988 and focuses on training effective human rights professionals and volunteers.