Established in 1997 by Professor George E. Edwards to further teaching, study and scholarship on international human rights law; to assist governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organizations on projects related to human rights around the world; and to facilitate student placement as law interns at domestic and overseas human rights organizations.

The PIHRL is proud of:

  • Almost 200 intern placements in over 55 countries on 6 continents.
  • Special Consultative Status with the United Nations
  • Our extensive Shadow Report program (reporting to the United Nations)

Professor Edwards, the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, established and supervised the law school’s LL.M. Track in International Human Rights Law from its inception until the Spring of 2011. He is also the former executive chair of Graduate Programs at the school. Professor Edwards is the founder and director of the school’s Program in International Human Rights Law (PIHRL).  He is Affiliated Faculty of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University in Bloomington, and he has received numerous teaching, research and civic engagement awards since 1999.

Professor Edwards has presented on the topic of U.S. Legal Education for International Students and other international issues in over two dozen countries.

LL.M. Roadmap

Professor George E. Edward’s book, LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs, was released in 2011.

Professor Edwards says, “The LL.M. Roadmap is a comprehensive guide to assist students from around the world in choosing, applying to, and succeeding in an American LL.M. program, and to assist them in reaching their personal, professional and career goals upon graduation.”

Meredith McQuaid, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA – Association of International Educatiors wrote, “LL.M. Roadmap….will motivate law schools to reflect critically on the LL.M. programs they offer.” McQuaid is also a Dean and the Associate Vice-President of the University of Minnesota.

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Events Program in International Human Rights Law

Nov  11

S.J.D. Dissertation Defense: "Towards A Theory of Political Accountability in Egypt"

You are invited to hear Mohamed Abdelaal, S.J.D. Candidate, defend his dissertation titled "Towards A Theory of Political Accountability in Egypt" on November 11, 2014 at noon.

Jan  20

Special Program: "Living Wages as a Human Right Forum"

Please join us on Tuesday, January 20th at 4:30 pm for a forum on "Living Wages as a Human Right".

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