• Cardozo Law looks to the future while honoring the past. It harnesses the resources of an entrepreneurial and innovative law school to strengthen the human rights movement through multiple initiatives with global impact.
  • Benjamin B. Ferencz: The Last Nuremberg Prosecutor

    Benjamin B. Ferencz lead the prosecution in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg after World War II. Cardozo honors Ferencz who, through his life's work and philanthropy, gives all he has toward a more peaceful and humane world.

The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR, pronounced “clear”) strengthens laws, norms and institutions to prevent mass atrocities, protect affected populations and rebuild societies in the wake of atrocities. An innovative “think tank,” CLIHHR furthers the theory and scholarship of human rights and atrocity prevention, while its “action arm”—the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic—trains law students in human rights and atrocity prevention practice. CLIHHR has developed a three-part framework to guide its work:


CLIHHR furthers atrocity prevention through its innovative projects, cutting-edge scholarship, public events, and the Clinic’s legal and policy advocacy

Building on its legacy and continuing to honor the past, Cardozo is expanding its efforts to safeguard the future by addressing new challenges faced by the human rights movement, responding with fresh thinking through new initiatives such as:

The Project in Law and Armed Conflict, which explores novel approaches to scholarship, teaching and training in the complexities of law and war in the 21st century. The project looks at international law as it relates to the dynamic nature of war in areas such as state responses to terrorism, non-state actors like ISIS, and the new cyberspace battlefield. It also explores the growing role of private military and security contractors in war zones.

Human Rights Forward helps chart the path forward at a time when the international order supporting human rights is under grave threat, and civil society is under assault throughout the world. Human Rights Forward aims to spearhead innovation, facilitate strategic thinking and engage the business community in order to find new approaches to protecting and expanding human rights advocacy globally. 

Collectively, Cardozo’s human rights programs provide students with opportunities for active engagement in the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and human rights.