The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law is the center of human rights education, research and advocacy at UCLA and around the region. Founded with a visionary $20 million gift in 2017, the Promise Institute at UCLA Law trains the next generation of human rights lawyers and leaders, generates vital scholarship, and develops programs for on-the-ground assistance to address the most pressing contemporary human rights concerns of our times – from race and migration to the environment and technology, matters which resonate with our location here in Los Angeles, and which are reshaping our world.

The institute brings together faculty with expertise and experience in international human rights, immigration, national and international security, civil rights, constitution writing, the laws of armed conflict, transnational and international criminal justice, environmental law and public interest law, and will maintain a focus on broad accountability for human rights violations and international crimes. The Promise Institute supports curricular expansion, bringing leading scholars to campus.

Students engaged with the Promise Institute gain a strong foundation in human rights law and have the opportunity to participate in clinics, experiential programs and other endeavors that enhance their educational experience and prepare them for impactful careers in the field. The institute supports a diverse program of scholarship and fellowship programs, as well as activities and publications that will serve as fora for international human rights lawyers and scholars from UCLA and beyond.

Watch the 2017 Promise Institute Gift Announcement