The Klau Institute engages with students at the undergraduate and graduate level, providing opportunities for study and research in critical areas.

Placing Human Dignity at the Center of Every Education

It is our mission is to make the study of civil and human rights one of the centerpieces of education at the University of Notre Dame. Through formal and informal educational programs, the Klau Institute seeks to engage an increasing number of students with questions of justice and human dignity, both at home and around the globe.

Partnering with Notre Dame Law School, and supporting programs within the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Klau Institute offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in issues of civil and human rights to study, conduct research, and take part in extracurricular activities.

Our academic programs

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    Minor in Civil and Human Rights

    Undergraduates committed to the study of civil and human rights across the globe find community in the Klau Institute program.

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    Human Rights in the Master of Global Affairs

    Master of Global Affairs students at the Keough School can choose to focus their studies around international human rights.

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    Programs in International Human Rights Law

    Over 400 human rights lawyers from more than 100 countries have come to Notre Dame to deepen their knowledge and refine their skills.

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    Courses in Civil and Human Rights

    Whether you are enrolled in a Klau Institute program or looking for courses to round out another area of study, this list will help you explore civil and human rights.

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    Student Affiliates

    Students committed to civil and human rights find opportunities for fellowship, extracurricular activity, and funding at the Klau Institute.