Meltsner Awarded Carr Center Fellowship


08.08.20 — Professor Michael Meltsner has been awarded a fellowship by the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Carr Center Fellowships offer scholars and practitioners the opportunity to spend a semester or year at Harvard conducting research, sharing experiences with students and exploring critical human rights issues with a distinguished group of peers. Meltsner will use the fellowship to continue his study of international human rights law in collaboration with like-minded scholars while also writing about timely criminal and constitutional law issues.

Meltsner is a prolific author. His latest book, With Passion: An Activist Lawyer’s Life, has been widely praised; his memoir, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer, was published in 2006. Among his other writings are: Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment; Public Interest Advocacy; Reflections on Clinical Legal Education; and a novel, Short Takes. His 2011 play, “In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years,” has been performed in New York and Boston to great acclaim.

Meltsner has received a number of prestigious awards over the course of his career, including an honorary doctorate from John Jay College (CUNY), which described him as the “principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement” in the United States.

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