Fordham Law

International Human Rights Fellowship Expands Crowley Program Advocacy

March 21, 2007

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is delighted to announce the creation of the James E. Tolan Fellowship in International Human Rights.  The Program is also delighted to announce that Brian Honermann will be the first Tolan Fellow in International Human Rights.

The Tolan Fellowship is a post-graduate Fellowship that will fund a Fordham Law School graduate to work for an international human rights organization for one year.  The Fellowship will be awarded on an annual or bi-annual basis. 

The Fellowship is named in honor of James Tolan, a long-time supporter of the Crowley Program.  Mr. Tolan is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law (LL.B., 1962), where he was the Case-Notes Editor of the Fordham Law Review.  He is a member of Board of Fordham Law Alumni Association, a past President and recipient of its Medal of Achievement, as well as recipient of the Dean's Medal of Recognition.  Mr. Tolan is currently Senior Counsel at Dechert LLP and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Brian Honermann is a 2007 Fordham Law School JD candidate and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He was a 2005-2006 Crowley Scholar and participant in the 2006 Crowley Human Rights Fact-Finding mission to South Africa.  He spent his law school summers as a Leitner Intern working with the HIV/AIDS organizations Grupo Pela VIDDA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Treatment Action Campaign in Cape Town, South Africa.  His main research and interest is in international intellectual property rights regimes and their corresponding impact on health and development.

As the first Tolan Fellow, Brian will work with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the AIDS Law Project (ALP), the two premiere organizations campaigning for the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS in South Africa.  Brian will provide legal research for on-going litigation to ensure human rights obligations are upheld and proper medicine advertising regulations enforced.  He will also co-ordinate with the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor to develop new economic approaches to poverty eradication, such as reducing barriers to the formal legal system, advocating for recognition of property rights for the poor, and legally empowering informal businesses to grow and develop within formal economic structures.

Contact: Jeanmarie Fenrich, 212.636.7533