Human Rights Center News

  • 2L Brittany Turany, 3L Natacha Garcia, 3L Emily Ortlieb and Professor Stephen Meili

    Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Honduran Woman Win Asylum

    February 28, 2019

    On Feb. 12, U.S. Immigration Judge Audrey Carr granted asylum to a Honduran woman who is a client of the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.

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    Human Rights Faculty Receive Grand Challenges Grant to Tackle Barriers to Equality and Justice

    February 11, 2019

    The University of Minnesota human rights faculty has been awarded a $325,000 Grand Challenges Research Grant. The grant will support “The Minnesota Model,” an interdisciplinary initiative to understand and propose solutions to the recent backsliding in human rights around the world.

  • Regents Professor Emeritus David S. Weissbrodt

    Legendary Human Rights Advocate David S. Weissbrodt Retires After 40 Years

    December 1, 2018

    David S. Weissbrodt has collected documents that fill 100 file cabinets. He has shepherded more than 500 interns into his chosen field. He has founded a Human Rights Center at Minnesota Law that turns 30 this year. But for this internationally renowned human rights lawyer, author, scholar, teacher, and advocate, who officially retired Sept.

  • Michael Posner, professor of ethics and finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business and director of the Center for Business and Human Rights

    International Human Rights Advocate Michael Posner Headlines HRC 30th Anniversary Event

    November 16, 2018

    At a special program celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Human Rights Center, Professor Michael Posner, a former top U.S. State Department official and well-known human rights advocate and scholar, marked the occasion with a celebration of the progress made on human rights in the last three decades and exhortation to continue to build on that work.

  • Professor John Bessler, visiting researcher at the Human Rights Center

    Human Rights Center Hosts Legal History Expert

    May 1, 2018

    On April 26, Professor John Bessler, a visiting researcher at the Human Rights Center, gave a book talk on his latest book, The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World (2018).

  • 2L Rebecca Rosefelt

    2L Rebecca Rosefelt Receives MWL Equal Justice Award

    April 26, 2018

    Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) recently named 2L Rebecca Rosefelt as the 2018 recipient of the MWL Equal Justice Award.

    MWL annually invites all Minnesota law students to submit papers on topics involving law and social justice for consideration for the Equal Justice Award.

  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

    Prof. Ní Aoláin Appointed to U.N. Human Rights Post

    June 27, 2017

    The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University Regents Professor and holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, as the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.

  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

    Professor Ní Aoláin Receives Regents Professorship, University’s Highest Faculty Honor

    June 15, 2017

    The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named Fionnuala Ní Aoláin a Regents Professor of Law. The designation, granted earlier this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.

  • Left to right: 3Ls Peter Grenzow, Amanda McAllister, and Brendan Delany

    Law School Team Wins International Humanitarian Law Competition For Second Straight Year

    March 20, 2017

    A team of Law School students won the 2017 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Competition, which is conducted by the American Red Cross. Students Peter Grenzow, Brendan Delany, and Amanda McAllister, all 3Ls, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the competition.

  • Left to right: Jonathan Mansker (’18), Kathryn Marquis Hirsch (’18), Mary Beall (’18), Amanda McAllister (’17), Myounghee (Denise) Choung (’18), and Professor Jennie Green at the United Nations CEDAW session in Geneva

    Law School Students Participate in UN Session in Geneva

    March 13, 2017

    Five students from the Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic—Amanda McAllister (’17), Mary Beall (’18), Myounghee (Denise) Choung (’18), Kathryn Marquis Hirsch (’18), and Jonathan Mansker (’18), along with Professor Jennie Green—recently travelled to Geneva to observe and participate in the periodic review of Sri Lanka during the 66th session of the United Nations Committee


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