Published: Dec. 6, 2017
Signing ceremony

The University of Colorado Law School and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announced today a partnership establishing an advanced program of study in international human rights.

The program includes a one-year degree program (MSL or LLM) at Colorado Law followed by an optional yearlong fellowship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Commission, an agency of the Organization of American States, is the primary international mechanism overseeing compliance with basic rights in the Western Hemisphere.

“This combination of rigorous academic study and a full-year placement at the commission will be one of the most intensive and innovative training programs in human rights in the world, and will position Colorado Law as the leading institution in the field of practical and academic human rights training in the Americas,” said Dean S. James Anaya.

The program is open to qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s or equivalent degree. It seeks to identify and be inclusive of individuals from historically underprivileged groups in countries throughout the hemisphere.

Anna Spain Bradley, a Colorado Law professor and legal scholar specializing in international law and human rights, will serve as program director.

Applications for fall 2018 are now being accepted. Interested students can learn more at

Colorado Law launched its MSL degree program in 2015 to prepare students and professionals who hold at least an undergraduate degree to obtain legal training short of a full Juris Doctor. In addition to the human rights degree track, the school also offers a track in ethics and compliance, which prepares students to become ethics and compliance professionals.