Aug. 07: 2023-2024 | Call for Applications: Transitional Justice Leadership Program

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The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is accepting applications for its 2023-2024 cohort of Transitional Justice Leadership Scholars.

Developed in consultation with prominent figures in the transitional justice field, the program provides an opportunity for NYU Law LLM students to engage through coursework, scholarship, and internships with CHRGJ’s Prevention Project which:

  • seeks to transform prevention practices through research, conceptual clarification, and integration of knowledge and expertise
  • engages diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention framework of evidence-based approaches and initiatives with proven preventive potential.

Senior Fellow and Professor Pablo de Greiff who served as UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence (May 2012-May 2018) leads the Transitional Justice Program.

Program Components


Spring 2024 course; taught by Professor de Greiff

  • The course offers insight into the legal, moral, and political questions governments and civil society must confront as they seek to come to terms with a legacy of human rights violations.
  • Students admitted to the leadership program are guaranteed enrollment and are required to take the course.*

*Students not selected for the program may still register for the course through the normal registration process; however, as with all NYU Law courses, enrollment for those outside the program is not guaranteed.


Following the orientation session, scholars will take leadership in organizing, leading and hosting monthly meetings at the CHRGJ. These will take the form of discussions with experts and writing workshops, as well as other activities.


Scholarship is vital to preparing students for careers in transitional justice. Scholars are expected to:

  • develop original works of legal scholarship to submit to the annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, a forum that provides students with the unique opportunity to receive detailed feedback from experts and peers in order to prepare work of publishable quality.
  • write a blog post for CHRGJ’s blog, a platform that allows students to develop the skills necessary to communicate complex topics to a lay audience.


  • Scholars receive guidance in obtaining academic-year internships and research opportunities with human rights organizations such as the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • NYU Funding to pursue opportunities in a variety of transitional justice institutions, such as truth commissions, courts, reparations programs, and local human rights organizations in countries throughout the world, is available through competitive application to the International Law and Human Rights Student Fellowship Program


The Transitional Justice Leadership Program will begin in Fall 2023 and continue through the academic year 2023-2024.

  • All interested LLM students are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are due by August 7, 2033 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Selected candidates will be notified by August 18, 2023 and the orientation session will be confirmed at this time.

To apply, please submit the following documents through this application form using your NYU login information:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the program and any relevant background or experience where applicable
  • CV
  • Relevant writing sample

Download Call for Applications here 

Inquiries about the program or application process can be sent to