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ColumnsThe Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center’s Human Rights Institute, and Baghdad University’s College of Law provide substantive legal advice to IILHR in a wide variety of ways, including drafting legal memoranda on legislative matters, providing short term technical assistance, and performing other research and analysis. All institutions also serve as a reservoir of technical expertise and help organize and participate in legal conferences.

Since its founding in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has gained a national reputation for its top-caliber faculty and innovative academic program that includes exciting practical opportunities. Support for the project will be provided through Cardozo’s Human Rights and Genocide Clinic. As a general rule, clinic cases and projects fall into three broad areas: litigation and advocacy before international and regional human rights tribunals and treaty bodies concerning minority rights, discrimination, crimes against humanity, and genocide; litigation and advocacy in the United States; and post-conflict reconciliation and transitional justice, with an emphasis on post conflict domestic legal development and victims rights in the criminal prosecution process.

The Georgetown University Law Center’s Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point for human rights activities at Georgetown University Law Center, and, in so doing, promotes Georgetown Law’s role as a key actor in the human rights community. The Institute pursues this goal by two primary means: cultivating Georgetown Law as a leading forum for discussion, debate, and collaboration on human rights issues; and developing the next generation of human rights lawyers through a robust human rights law curriculum, academic and professional advising, and the facilitation of student involvement in human rights work. The Human Rights Institute provides opportunities for both faculty and students to engage on a wide variety of international legal issues.

Baghdad University’s College of Law was founded in 1908 and is the oldest law school in the Middle East. Graduates include Iraqi President Jalal al-Talabani and Chief Justice Medhat al Mahmood. As Baghdad Law rebuilds, it has taken on specific analysis projects based on its capabilities, and has focused primarily on analyzing existing Iraqi legislation on selected topics.