Fordham Law Students Blog About Human Rights ExperiencesContact: Jennifer Spencer
Fourteen Fordham Law School students are blogging about their experiences in human rights work in locations around the world this summer as part of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s internship program.
The students, who have been funded through the Leitner Internship Program to pursue human rights work in countries ranging from Guatemala to Morocco, have been posting photos and dispatches on the Leitner Internship Blog
since the late May.
Tracy Higgins, J.D., Leitner Family Professor of Law and the center’s co-director, said the blog gives the public insight into the human rights issues Fordham law students are working on this summer.
“The blog is a great tool for outreach and education,” Higgins said. “It allows us to expand the number of people we can reach, using the personal testimonies of students who are out in the field.”
Visitors to the blog may also post questions and comments for the Leitner interns. “The blog is an interactive medium that helps the general public understand the importance of the work the Leitner interns are doing, as well as the need to continue and improve upon international human rights initiatives,” said Martin Flaherty, J.D., Leitner Family Professor of Law and co-director of the center.
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice aims to increase awareness of human rights abuses at home and abroad and to prepare future lawyers to address those abuses over the course of their careers. Each year, through the donations of James (LAW ’82) and Sandra Leitner, students are funded to participate in international human rights-related summer internships.
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.