Harvard Law School

Stuck in legal limbo-Some Syrian refugees in Jordan lack documentation, so they wait and wait

February 28, 2017

 

When human rights clinical instructor Anna Crowe first began documenting the legal challenges faced by Syrian refugees in Jordan, she found a tangled system that put their lives on hold. Thousands of refugees, stuck in legal limbo, were vulnerable to risks ranging from statelessness to relocation to refugee camps.

One for the ages

One for the ages

June 26, 2015

Harvard analysts see fundamental shift in ruling legalizing gay marriage nationally

What’s So Bad About a 10-Mile Walk to School? Two views of educational challenges in South Africa

What’s So Bad About a 10-Mile Walk to School? Two views of educational challenges in South Africa

April 20, 2015

In January 2015, a team from Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) travelled to Nqutu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to address the challenges facing students who must travel long distances – often in extremely dangerous conditions – to access their education. 

Death penalty, in retreat

Death penalty, in retreat

February 3, 2015

Carol Steiker’s interest in criminal justice took hold while she was at Harvard Law School (HLS) in the 1980s. While studying there, she recalled, “It began to appear to me that criminal justice was a great engine of American inequality.” Steiker became interested in capital punishment while clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, an ardent opponent of the death penalty. Now the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law at HLS, Steiker is using her year as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Rita E.

Torture is a culture. Releasing the Senate report is a way of fighting it.

Torture is a culture. Releasing the Senate report is a way of fighting it.

January 8, 2015

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's Bush-era torture regime is an absolute outrage. The stark descriptions of exactly what the CIA did to its prisoners — "Majid Khan's lunch tray, consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins was 'pureed' and rectally infused" — give the lie to the idea that the "enhanced interrogation" program was anything but institutionalized torture.