Martha Davis07.27.17 — Professor Martha Davis, a leading human rights law expert, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist award for 2017-2018 to assist the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s (RWI) global offices in expanding their work to promote human rights cities and local human rights implementation. This is Davis’ second Fulbright award and continues an ongoing relationship with the institute, which is based in Lund, Sweden, and affiliated with Lund University. In 2015-2016, Davis spent a year at RWI as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. During three visits over the next year, Davis will assist the institute in promoting human rights cities and local human rights implementation, and will participate in RWI’s human rights education outreach.

“Local governments worldwide are giving increased attention to human rights at they address the shortfalls of nation states’ policies on refugees, climate, health and other key urban issues. I am excited to work with RWI to expand their work to ensure that human rights are embedded in every level of governance,” said Davis, who also serves as associate dean for experiential education at Northeastern University School of Law.

At Northeastern, Davis teaches Constitutional Law, US Human Rights Advocacy and Professional Responsibility. She is a faculty director for the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and its NuLawLab. A prolific scholar, she is co-author of the first law school textbook focused on domestic human rights: Human Rights Advocacy in the United States (West 2014) and she co-edited Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities (Cambridge 2016), the first book-length scholarly treatment of the human rights cities movement. She is also co-editor of the Human Rights at Home Blog, which is a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network. During her initial visit to Sweden in August, she will speak to groups from Zimbabwe and Eastern Europe about strategies for implementing human rights norms.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program pairs highly qualified US academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experienc, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.