Fordham Law

International Human Rights Internship Experiences Shared on New Blog

July 11, 2007

Fourteen Fordham Law students are blogging about their experiences in human rights work in locations around the world as part of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice's internship program.

Each student is being funded through the Leitner Internship Program to pursue human rights endeavors in various locations including Guatemala, India, and South Africa. The Leitner Internship Blog includes photos and stories from the student activists. Leitner Family Professor of Law and Center co-director Tracy Higgins said the blog gives the general public insight into the real-life 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 who have access to the site both while abroad and upon their return.

"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, Leitner Family Professor of Law and Center co-director.

To view the blog, visit:

The Leitner Center 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 generous donations of James '82 and Sandra Leitner, students are funded to participate in international human rights-related summer internships. For more information on the Leitner Internship Fund, visit

Contact: Jennifer Spencer, 212.636.7604