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.
Student Residencies at the Bonavero Institute
The Helena Kennedy Room is a 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 six month residency reading room.
Please note that formal student residencies work separately to our hot seat scheme in the Helena Kennedy Reading Room.
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.