One of the oldest and largest law school–based human rights programs, the Leitner Center, named in recognition of the Leitner Family, provides education and training to law students, facilitates capacity building and advocacy with activists and grassroots groups around the world, and contributes to critical research among scholars in international human rights.
From its base at Fordham Law School in New York City, the Center develops long-term partnerships with local social justice organizations and other stakeholders across the globe. Through its pioneering programs, clinics, and education initiatives, the Leitner Center trains students to become international legal experts and impassioned human rights advocates.
Meaningful human rights work is not a solitary enterprise. The Leitner Center attracts talented, dedicated individuals who work together to fulfill its compelling and unique mission. Through training and scholarships for students, the Center works in solidarity with grassroots activists to further four core objectives:
Strengthening the rule of law and access to justice
Promoting the rights of vulnerable populations around the world
Fostering sustainable development
Examining the role of traditional legal systems and their relationship to international law and human rights