Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Student Opportunities


CHRHS Fall Student Reading Group

Topic: Sanctions and Human Rights: The Principles, Politics and Practicalities of Economic Leverage

The primary objective of the study group is to broaden the understanding of economic sanctions, an increasingly relevant foreign policy tool for human rights defenders and humanitarian workers to understand. Through guided discussion, the study group will move beyond the theory of economic coercion to the practical application of sanctions. 

By the end of the semester, students will have (1) an understanding of what economic sanctions are–their stated purpose and practical application; (2) an awareness of the political trade offs and decision making involved in the implementation of sanctions, especially in regard to human rights; and, (3) a baseline framework to evaluate the risks and opportunities of sanctions on human rights and humanitarian efforts. The study group aims to leverage students’ interest in specific area studies and focus on human rights and humanitarian issues to spur informed discussion.

This is a hybrid model reading group and will meet twice in person and twice virtually during the Fall 2022 semester. Application required; deadline September 23, 2022. See syllabus


Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

The Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice (SCIJ) partners with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Brown University to train students to provide legal services to asylum seekers and organize for immigrant justice.This program is open to Brown University undergraduate students and SCIJ strongly encourages first-years and students with direct connections to immigration to apply. The application window will open at the start of the Fall '22 semester Learn More >


CHRHS Civil-Military Coordination Program Internship

The CHRHS Civil-Military Program Intern will report to the Program Coordinator and offer general administrative support as well as research support to projects on civil-military humanitarian intervention. Learn More and How to Apply >

Deadline to Apply: September 9


    CHRHS Student Interest Form 

    If you are a Brown or RISD student interested in the work of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) and looking for potential internship and research opportunities with the Center or with any of our partners, please fill out this form to let us know of your interests. You can visit our website to learn more about our ongoing research and training programs as well as view the profiles of our global advisory board, affiliated faculty, and fellows. CHRHS will take on the role of facilitating these connections with the appropriate point person. We look forward to hearing from you! Student Interest Form >