Reasons to Give
Your donation will help support our work in the following ways:
Through the Center, the law school will expand its curricular offerings in human rights law. It plans to begin a yearly clinic on international human rights litigation that will give students the opportunity to work on litigation with nongovernmental organizations both in the United States and abroad, primarily in cases brought before international or regional human rights bodies. Funding will permit the Law School to bring in a human rights practitioner as an adjunct professor to teach the clinic and direct the litigation projects, as well as cover the costs of the litigation.
The Center hopes to expand scholarship opportunities for students dedicated to human rights. Funds given to this cause will allow the Center to recognize a larger number of the Law School’s outstanding students and their commitment to using law as a tool for achieving social justice, and will help facilitate students’ entry into public interest work by significantly lowering their debt level upon graduation.
Student internships and externships
Student demand for working in the field of human rights with nongovernmental, intergovernmental and governmental organizations in the U.S. and abroad has increased exponentially over the past few years. Additional funds are needed to keep up with the demand. Funds will be used to provide travel stipends to those students who choose to do the work for credit, and for modest living stipends for those who choose not to receive credit.
Research and conference support
The Center hosts a major conference each year that convenes scholars, practitioners, activists, and government officials from around the world. Funding for the conference will primarily be used to cover travel and travel-related expenses—especially needed to reach scholars and activists internationally —as well the cost of publication and dissemination of conference proceedings.
Visiting researchers and scholars
Additional funding is also needed to establish visiting researcher and post-doctoral programs. With over one million volumes, The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library is the country’s seventh largest academic law library. The Library’s outstanding collection in foreign and international law makes the Law School an ideal place for visiting scholars to work on independent human rights research. This program will allow graduate students, post-doctoral students and other scholars in law and law-related fields, judges, activists and practitioners—especially from the developing world—to spend a year in residence at the Law School as visiting researchers affiliated with the Center. These visitors will pursue their own research and writing, but will present their work to the Center community and participate in Center activities. Funding to establish the program will cover travel expenses, a small research budget, and a modest stipend for living expenses.
Long-term stability requires a substantial and consistent funding base. As such, our top fundraising priority is to secure a major gift to endow the Center, and transform it into a full-fledged academic center. An endowment gift is a true investment in the future of quality programs and research. With the principal gift invested and held in perpetuity, a portion of each year’s investment returns will fund general operating and program expenses. Endowment giving provides the opportunity to associate the name of the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor with the advancement of human rights.