Project Constitution

Developed by the Helen Suzman Foundation, Project Constitution is an outreach initiative to teach inner city high school students in Johannesburg, South Africa the basic principles of a constitutional democracy. The goals of the project include: creating a greater awareness of the Constitution, furthering civic education on all aspects of constitutional democracy, and supporting young people in developing skills and knowledge that enable and power them to be reflective, active, and participative citizens. University students will facilitate workshops on six topics: democracy, citizenship, separation of powers, rule of law, rights, and socioeconomic rights. Participants in the project will assist the Foundation in reviewing, critiquing, and refining materials for the workshops and devising creative ways to teach high school students about these issues.

Anti-Torture Legislative Toolkit

The purpose of this project is to create a reference manual and handbook for individuals and organizations interested in advocating for state legislation that would prohibit health care professionals from participating in torture and interrogations. Among other things, the toolkit will: provide background information on the United States’ use of torture during the War on Terror and the United States’ reliance on health care professions in interrogations and torture; orient advocates to the official positions of national and international health care professional organizations and NGOs; introduce advocates to the international legal framework addressing issues of torture and interrogations; provide model legislation with detailed explanatory memorandum; and orient advocates to the legislative process.

Project participants will develop research, writing, and advocacy strategy skills and increase substantive knowledge of these issues through their work on this toolkit.

Innovating Human Rights

Innovating Human Rights is a project and workshop where JD and LLM candidates will discuss the cutting edge of human rights, meet with leading experts, and propose strategies for future innovation. The workshop will connect participants to human rights experts in the Harvard community and be tailored to fit participants’ areas of interest. We will start the semester by considering common challenges that human rights advocates face and hold an external workshop for social entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to us in exchange for feedback. Project participants will then work together to develop projects that can be conducted within the Harvard and Boston communities. Participants in the Innovating Human Rights workshop will deepen their advocacy and project development skills, create and get involved with impactful projects, and join a vibrant community passionate about human rights.

Applications and Conflict Check Forms are due September 25 to and

These forms can be accessed here: 
Advocates-project-application.docx (22 downloads)
Clinic-Conflicts-Check-Fall-2014.docx (11 downloads)


Community Development Committee

The emphasis of the Community Development Committee is to foster and strengthen personal connections within the human rights community and the public interest community more generally at HLS. The Community Development Committee will coordinate social and professional development events for the Advocates community. This committee offers an opportunity to get involved with Advocates without requiring a large time commitment.

Advocacy Development Committee

The Advocacy Development Committee will work closely with the Co-Vice Presidents to design and implement human rights programming throughout the year, with an end goal of contributing substantively to the development of effective human rights advocacy at Harvard.  Human rights and advocacy programming for the 2014-2015 year will include trainings with Human Rights Clinic clinicians, “fireside” discussions with clinicians and other human rights professionals, large-scale events open to the public, and community organizing trainings.

Applications are due September 25 to and

Applications can be accessed here: 
Advocates-committee-application.docx (11 downloads)