Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic

The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School in New York City was established in 2007 through a generous donation from Jim Leitner ('82).

The Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program

The newly renamed Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable graduate students from the developing world to enroll in Fordham’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law and Justice.

Crowley Program in International Human Rights

Unique among American law schools, the Crowley Program's Annual Human Rights Fact-Finding Project provides law students with the opportunity to participate in an overseas human rights investigation and prepares them for a career in international human rights.

Sustainable Development Legal Initiative

In the new Millennium, poverty and inequality around the world are still widespread. Over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than $1 a day. Nearly 100 million school-age children are not in school. One billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation.

International Law and Development in Africa Clinic (ILDA)

This one-semester clinic, formerly known as the International Sustainable Development Clinic, is co-taught by Professor Paolo Galizzi and Levinson Fellow Alena Herklotz, provides an opportunity for students to study international development law and apply their knowledge in concrete capacity building activities in Africa.

International Law & the Constitution Initiative

The International Law and the Constitution Initiative, directed by Professor Catherine Powell, explores the relationship between internationalism and constitutionalism. The Initiative hosts public events and provides research and policy opportunities for scholars and students.Examples of projects the Initiative has supported are posted below.

Center for International Security and Humanitarian Law
Professor Thomas H. Lee has established a new center to analyze and to articulate effective regimes for the international and domestic legal regulation of armed conflict in the twenty-first century and beyond.To that end, the Center invites speakers, convenes conferences, and commissions and drafts reports, with a particular eye on the challenges from the perspective of the United States.

Asia Law and Justice Center
The Leitner Center, and before it the Crowley Program in International Human Rights, long have had a substantial interest in the promotion of fundamental rights and the rule of law in East Asia. Most members of the Center have a special interest in particular regions and sets of issues despite being generalist.

James E. Tolan Human Rights Fellowship

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 is intended to allow Fordham Law School graduates with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field to gain practical work experience with an international human rights non-governmental organization or inter-governmental organization.

Chairs for the Leitner Family Professors of International Human Rights

In April 2005, the Leitner family pledged $2 million dollars to Fordham Law School to establish a chair in international human rights. The gift was the second largest non-bequeathed gift that the Law School has ever received.


Human Rights Colloquium
The Leitner Center organizes human rights colloquia, which brings leading scholars of international law and political theory from around the world to discuss their current work with Fordham Law faculty and students throughout the semester.

Annual Human Rights Prize

The Leitner Center annually honors one of the activists with whom the Crowley Program worked during the prior year's human rights fact-finding project with a $1000 prize. The Center flies the recipient to New York to attend the Annual Leitner Dinner and meetings with non-governmental organizations and national and international officials.

Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers

The Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers is comprised of lawyers outside China wishing to support lawyers in China in their quest-and the Chinese government's own commitment-to establish the rule of law. The Committee's mission is to (1) develop information about the situation of lawyers in China and track cases of individual lawyers who are the subjects of persecution or intimidation because of the clients or causes they represent ...

Masters in International Law and Justice

Fordham Law now offers an LL.M. Program in International Law and Justice, in which lawyers gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion at the international, regional and domestic levels, from its historical evolution to the forefront of cutting-edge scholarship and debate.

Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Fordham University School of Law
33 West 60th Street (2nd Floor)
New York, NY 10023

Telephone: 212.636.6862
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