Established in 1979, the Urban Morgan Institute (“UMI”) has been a leader in the education and training of human rights lawyers and is recognized throughout the world for the many and varied contributions that the Institute makes to the human rights field. UMI emphasizes three areas: teaching, research and service.
UMI is well known for its work editing the Human Rights Quarterly published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. The Quarterly is multidisciplinary and covers the range of human rights matters encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In its more than thirty years and nearly a thousand articles and book reviews, the Quarterly is recognized as the leading academic journal in the human rights field. Both its audience and its authors are represented on every part of the globe.
In addition to the Quarterly, the Urban Morgan Institute provides Fellows and interested HRQ staff members an opportunity to work with human rights organizations, international judges, human rights attorneys, governmental agencies, or UN bodies through a summer externship. The externship program provides invaluable hands-on training for the students and assistance to interested host organization. Since the program’s inception, students from the Urban Morgan Institute have interned across the globe, travelling to over 30 countries and working with such organizations as the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), Amnesty International, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and with Unity Dow, the first female judge on the Botswana High Court.
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