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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Partners with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute to Offer Student Externships in London

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children entered into a partnership with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) to offer externships for MSU Law students in London, England.

Under the partnership, the IBAHRI will each year reserve one externship opportunity during the spring semester for an MSU Law student who meets both the Talsky Center's and the IBAHRI's eligibility criteria.

“We are very grateful to the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute for entering into a partnership with the Talsky Center in relation to holding an annual spring semester externship open for eligible MSU Law students at the Institute in London, England,” said Professor Susan H. Bitensky, the Alan S. Zekelman Professor of International Human Rights Law and director of the Talsky Center.

In addition to the IBAHRI externship arrangement, eligible MSU Law students may seek to apply for funded externships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or 10 other organizations and institutions devoted to human rights.

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law. The IBAHRI operates under the belief in the fundamental right of the world’s citizens to have disputes heard and determined by an independent judiciary, and for judges and lawyers to be able to practice freely and without interference.

The mission of the Talsky Center is to educate MSU College of Law students, as well as the broader community, about international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Center aims to promote an understanding of the important civilizing role that this body of law so often plays in a world fraught with transgressions against human dignity and well-being. The Center promotes human rights for all people, with a focus on women and children—generally the most vulnerable and, therefore, most easily victimized members of society.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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