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Enshrined in its Strategic Plan is the Institute's commitment to establishing a thriving community for students working within human rights. Use this page to browse the range of programmes, courses and initiatives on offer to students at the Bonavero Institute.
The Bonavero Institute seeks to enrich the human rights experience of Oxford students, and to assist them to develop careers in the broad field of human rights. Several programmes have been developed to pursue this goal: a Human Rights Strategy Non-credit Course
for law students and students at the Blavatnik School of Government
(in partnership with Oxfam
and Oxford Human Rights Hub
), and a human rights research training programme on the Use of Force
, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria
Bonavero Institute Student Fellowship Programme
The aim of the Bonavero Institute Student Fellowship programme
is to provide financial assistance to Oxford law graduates seeking work experience in human rights law and related fields. The programme comprises a wide variety internship opportunities with a range of organisations working in the field of human rights law. Those include senior appellate courts, world-leading NGOs and research institutions. The Student Fellowship Programme gives our students a chance to explore their professional options in a variety of unpaid placements, both within the UK and across the world. Fellowships have different eligibility requirements but visiting students and students outside the Faculty of Law at Oxford are not eligible to apply.
Graduate Research Residencies at the Bonavero Institute Graduate student residents
are able to apply to use the dedicated workspace in the Institute, aimed at providing opportunities for inter-generational knowledge exchange. The space is shared by graduate students and academics alike and is part of the Institute's broader commitment to establishing a community for human rights researchers across Oxford and beyond. Students may apply for a 12 month residency.
Please note that formal graduate research residencies work separately to our hot seat scheme in the Helena Kennedy Reading Room.
Hot Seat Scheme
Seats in the Bonavero Institute's reading room will now be open to University of Oxford DPhil and MPhil students working in human rights law and related subjects. Students wishing to make use of the workspace, as well as other Institute facilities, may drop in from 8am to 6pm Monday - Friday. A sign-in system will be in place and available seats can be identified via the reading room floor plan.
Helena Kennedy Reading Room Guidelines
Mooting at the Bonavero Institute
The Bonavero Institute seeks to promote mooting as a way of introducing students to human rights law. As well as hosting the major international Monroe Price Media Law Moot, the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship, and the Oxford Lawyers without Borders Moot, the Bonavero also encourages Oxford students to participate externally in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.