Bertha Justice Initiative

Growing the practice of human rights and movement lawyering in pursuit of social justice

FELLOWSHIPS

Training 1,000 human rights and movement lawyers in the next 10 years

NETWORKS

Building a vibrant, global network of new and experienced human rights and movement lawyers

CONVENINGS

Facilitating comparative learning, exchange, and collaboration

Fellowships

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We train the next generation of human rights and movement lawyers by funding two-year fellowships at the best public interest law centers around the world, where emerging lawyers receive practical training from renowned professionals.

At any one time we are funding over 100 fellowships at 17 partner organizations spanning 15 countries.

*For security reasons, not all fellows are included

Networks

Bertha Justice Network

Our global network of partners hosts Bertha Justice Fellows and is encouraged to collaborate in their legal work where cross-jurisdictional opportunities arise.

Convenings

Bertha Justice Convenings

We host and facilitate convenings of Be Just Fellows and lawyers who are part of the Bertha Justice Network to promote comparative learning, exchange, and collaboration.

Bertha Justice Initiative Convening 2016, South Africa
Bertha Justice Initiative Global Convening 2014, South Africa

Global Convenings

Global convenings aim to facilitate a sense of solidarity and cohort across the Bertha Justice Network, while providing learning opportunities, inspiration, and encouragement for Be Just Fellows' long-term engagement in human rights and movement lawyering.

Network-Driven Exchanges

Through our Educational Exchange and Impact Opportunity Funds, we enable partner organizations to convene to discuss legal issues of common interest and to connect and inspire fellows in ways that support human rights and movement lawyering.

Educational Exchange on Strategies for Transnational Defence of Community Rights, Mexico

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales, A.C. hosted Be Just Fellows and partner lawyers from seven different countries in July 2015, to share legal strategies for defending community rights to land, territory, and natural resources against abusive practices of multinational corporations.

Comparative Learning on Protecting and Defending the Right to Education, India

In May 2015, lawyers and Be Just Fellows from South Africa's Equal Education Law Centre visited India to participate in a workshop on the "Justiciability of the Right to Education in the post-2015 Development Agenda" and to engage with grassroots organizations on methods for undertaking research, engaging in advocacy work, and conducting litigation around the right to education.

Women's Working Group Gathering, Germany

In October 2014, female lawyers from across the Bertha Justice Network came together at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin to share their experiences as women human rights defenders and develop strategies to better support women in the network. The gathering became the inaugural meeting of the Women's Working Group and resulted in Unbowed.

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