The Center for Applied Human Rights at Vermont Law School provides opportunities for research and advocacy training on cutting-edge issues in human rights law and policy. The Center also serves as a focal point for human rights-related events at the law school.
Students who work as Human Rights Fellows hone their skills and deepen their understanding of international law as they engage in projects for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) under the supervision of
Professor Stephanie Farrior. Through hands-on learning experience, students gain exposure to real-world issues of human rights theory and practice, interact directly with international organizations and grassroots rights advocates, and build their professional network.
(The poem in our banner photo was written by Joseph Kaifala JD'13, a Vermont Law School graduate who is leaving a mark back in his home country of Sierra Leone in war-ravaged western Africa. Learn more about Joseph and our other fellows here.)
A Dangerous Shade of Green
A joint Article 19 / Vermont Law School report examines the dangers and other challenges environmental human rights defenders and journalists face while reporting in Europe and Central Asia. A piece in The Japan Times, "Inside the trenches of environmental rights," covers the report and VLS student contributors.
UN Human Rights Committee Review of Burundi
Vermont Law School students and Burundi activists submitted a shadow report titled "The Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Burundi" to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Download a PDF of the report here. The committee’s comments and recommendations on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation can be found here in this UN report—and reflect what was presented in the VLS/Burundi shadow report.
UN Human Rights Committee review of Bolivia
Vermont Law School students and Bolivian transgender activists submitted a shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee. Download the report here. The Human Rights Committee's remarks to Bolivia here (see paragraph 7) reflect concerns raised by the shadow report.