The Humboldt Law Clinic cooperates with NGOs and specialized lawyers, as well as corporate law firms. These partners were or are currently cooperating with the Humboldt Law Clinic via offering internships to the clinic students (self descriptions):

Amnesty International (AI)

Amnesty International is one of the largest campaign organizations for human rights in the world. This non-profit-NGO reveals human rights violations and lobbies for human rights, including though letters supporting individuals.

Antidiskriminierungsbüro Sachsen (ADB)

The Advice Center of the Anti-Discrimination Office of Sachsen (ADB) is a non-governmental organization and an independent centralized contact point in the Land of Sachsen for all questions on discrimination for reasons of racist ascriptions, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex/gender, sexual identity, age or dis/ability, including intersectional discrimination.

Antidiskriminierungsnetzwerk Berlin (ADNB)

Das Antidiskriminierungsnetzwerk Berlin ist ein Projekt unter der Trägerschaft des Türkischen Bundes in Berlin-Brandenburg (TBB) und wird durch das Landesprogramm gegen Rechtsextremismus, Rassismus und Antisemitismus des Senats von Berlin gefördert.
Gegründet wurde das Antidiskriminierungsnetzwerk Berlin (ADNB des TBB) am 16. Juli 2003. Seitdem leistet das Projekt durch seine Arbeit einen wichtigen gesellschaftlichen Beitrag, indem es sowohl politisch als auch zivilgesellschaftlich tätig ist.

Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS)

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (ADS) was founded in August 2006 on the basis of the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG), under the aegis of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). It supports and advises individuals who have experienced discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex/gender, religion or belief, dis/ability, age, or sexual orientation. Moreover, the ADS conducts publicity work and academic research, and develops and implements measures for the prevention of discrimination.

Ban Ying e.V.

Ban Ying is Thai for “Women’s House”. Apart from a refuge for women from South-East Asia, this charity runs an advice and coordination center against human trafficking which deals with violence against migrant women on a practical, theoretical, academic, and political level. The charity focusses on combating human trafficking.

Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung e.V. (BUG)

The Bureau for the Implementation of Equal Treatment (BUG) offers legal support to individuals across Germany who wish to combat discrimination in court. The BUG’s work focuses on antidiscrimination law suits under the Equal Treatment Act (AGG) which have the potential to set precedents. All grounds listed by the AGG are supported. This strategic litigation work is accompanied by network building, lobby work and publicity work. In 2011, the particular focus was on ethnic discrimination in the access to goods and services, as well as equal pay.

Bundesfachverband Unbegleitete Minderjährige Flüchtlinge e.V.

For more than ten years the Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees (Bundesfachverband Unbegleitete Minderjährige Flüchtlinge, in short: B-UMF) has been working towards the improvement of the legal situation of minors, who come to Germany without the support of a guardian. We work to ensure standards of protection in line with international norms and best practices.
The Federal Association (B-UMF) is a registered organization with three members in the board of directors. The head office, with currently five full-time employees, is situated in Munich. The organization has a total of almost 150 members, including more than 40 other organizations.

Bundesverband Frauenberatungsstellen und Frauennotrufe (bff)

The bff is the Federal Association of women’s advice centers and women’s emergency calls in Germany. In the bff more than 170 counseling centers are united against violence. In Germany, they provide the main share of outpatient counseling and assistance for female victims of violence. Through public relations and actions, the bff outlaws violence against women and girls and, as an umbrella organization, has a significant influence on political decisions. The bff conducts seminars and conferences, disseminates expertise from practice and research and develops information materials on violence against women.

Deutscher Juristinnenbund e.V.

Regarding itself as  independent, non-partisan and non-denominational, the association of lawyers and economists with federal office in Berlinis the most important legal association in Germany, standing up forequal rights and equality of women in allsocial areas.

Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband

The Paritätische is an association of social movements in the area of welfare work. It comprises over 10,000 charities from all fields of social and health work. These organizations employ some 560,000 staff and about 1 mio. volunteers. A main characteristic is the fact that almost all self-help organizations of chronically ill and handicapped individuals are members of the Paritätische. The association is currently focusing on the effect of the new UN Convention on the Rights of Handicapped People for the domestic social security law.

Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte (DIMR)

The German Institut for Human Rights (DIMR) is an independent institution of civil society which was founded as a national human rights institute by an act of Parliament. Its main focus is on research and information on the state of human rights in Germany and abroad, as well as in supporting the implementation of human rights in Germany. The Law Clinic is cooperating with the Projekt “Zwangsarbeit heute” (contemporary forced labour).

Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V.

The German children’s welfare organisation has been campaigning for over 45 years for achild-friendly Germany. The focus is onchildren’s rights and help for disadvantaged children. It is committedto overcome child poverty in Germany, todemocratization through participation, enough opportunities to play,cultural education and for a competent handling of media.

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

ECCHR is an independent and not-for-profit legal organization that enforces human rights by holding state and non-state actors responsible for egregious abuses through innovative strategic litigation. ECCHR focuses on cases that have the greatest likelihood of creating legal precedent in order to advance human rights around the world.

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.

Interessenvertretung Selbstbestimmt Leben in Deutschland e.V. (ISL)

The Special Interest Group Self-determined Living in Germany is an organization formed by handicapped individuals and an umbrella organization for centers for self-determined living. It works toward more self-determination and participation for all.

Intersexuelle Menschen e.V.

The federal association Intersexuelle Menschen e.V. (IMeV), registered in Hamburg in 2004, was founded by intersexual members of the self-help organization XY Women in order to represent the common goals, interests and demands of intersexed individuals of all age groups in Germanophone areas. The association supports its regional chapters, the self-help groups and SHG Intersexuelle Menschen as well as parents’ groups. Itss main tasks are: support, promotion and training of self-help groups; individual advice, support and help; promotion and support of parents’ groups; cooperation with other initiatives and associations; advice to and training of political, social, and medical institutions; development of a network of regional self-help and advice organizations; representation of the interests of intersexed members. The association asserts the right of all individuals to access human rights and combats all forms of discrimination.


JUMEN stands for Legal Human Rights Work in Germany. Thenewly established organization is charitable and sets legalimpulses for the practical implementation of fundamental and human rights inGermany. It specifically supports lawsuits in court toachieve social changes (impact litigation). The focus iscurrently on the rights of refugees and on women’s rights.

Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt (KOP)

The Campaign for Victims of Racist Police Violence (KOP) was founded in 2002 by the victims counselling center ReachOut, the Antidiskriminierungsbüro (ADB e.V.) and others. The Campaign advises individuals affected by racial profiling, organizes trial monitorings and talks, accompanies strategic litigation, and promotes an effective control of police work.

Kindernothilfe e.V.

Seit über 50 Jahren unterstützen die Kindernothilfe als Kinderhilfswerk weltweit Kinder in Not und setzen uns für ihre Rechte ein. Unser Ziel ist erreicht, wenn sie und ihre Familien ein Leben in Würde und mit guten Zukunftsperspektiven führen können – ohne Armut, Elend und Gewalt. Rund 1,5 Millionen Mädchen und Jungen stärkt, schützt und beteiligt die Kindernothilfe derzeit in 29 Ländern Afrikas, Asiens und Lateinamerikas.

Kontakt- und Beratungsstelle für Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen e.V. (KuB)

The Contact and Consultation Center for Refugees and Migrants (KuB), based in Berlin Kreuzberg and founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization that provides advice and support to refugees and migrants from around the world in issues of social security law, immigration law, psychosocial issues and other existential problems.

Landeskonferenz der Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragten (LaKoF)

The Conference of Equal Opportunity Officers of the Universities of Berlin (LaKoF) is an association of full-time equal opportunity officers that coordinates issues of women’s advancement across the Berlin universities and represents the interests of women in universities. Located at the Land level, it offers to its members a platform for exchange, cooperation and joint political action. The basis of this work is the Berlin Equality Act (LGG) and s. 59 of the Berlin University Act (BerlHG). A recent reform of the BerlHG (s. 5a) obliges all Berlin universities to develop Equal Opportunities by-laws. The full-time equal opportunities officers support these efforts and their implementation with their expertise.

Lebenshilfe für Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung e.V. Landesverband Berlin

Die Lebenshilfe Berlin setzt sich seit 1960 für Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung, für ihre Eltern und Angehörige, für Fachleute, Freunde und Förderer ein. Wir sind eine solidarisch handelnde Selbsthilfeorganisation mit kompetenten Beratungs- und Betreuungsangeboten, mit differenzierten Einrichtungen und erfolgreichen Projekten.

Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD)

The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) is the largest and most successful LGBTI civil rights organization in Germany. It promotes equal rigths, diversity and respect as well as non-discriminination on the basis of sexual identity. It represents its members’ interests and provides advice and empowerment, including social work and project work. In 2007, the LSVD founded the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation, focused on international work, the promotion of human rights, and the support of human rights defenders.

National Coalition Deutschland – Netzwerk für die Umsetzung der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention e.V

The National Coalition for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Germany (NC) is an alliance of over 110 organisations and associations active across Germany. National Coalition members promote the realisation of children’s rights in Germany. In their watchdog function, they also highlight the shortcomings in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) in Germany. The legal entity of the National Coalition is the Board of the Child and Youth Welfare Association (AGJ).

Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI)

Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Open Society Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. One of its project areas is discrimination, where it uses advocacy and litigation to combat the marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities in Europe, taking on cases involving migrants, school segregation, violence against Roma, and policies that ban Muslims from wearing the hijab or building mosques.

Papatya – anonyme Kriseneinrichtung für junge Migrantinnen, Berlin

PAPATYA bietet Schutz und Hilfe für Mädchen und junge Frauen mit Migrationshintergrund, die aufgrund kultureller und familiärer Konflikte von zu Hause geflohen sind und von ihren Familien bedroht werden.

Postkolonial e.V.

The association Berlin postcolonial was founded in 2007 with the goal of acontinuous engagement for an antiracist andcolonialism-critical culture of memory in Berlin-Brandenburg. Its members strive for critical work-up ofthe regional colonial history in its global dimension as well as aroundthe disclosure of postcolonial thought and social structures of thepresence. The association is looking for cooperation and networking withlike-minded initiatives. The foundation of “Berlin Postkolonial” traces back to people of different organizations, to people from Germanyand to the former German colonies. Especially because of ourdifferent interests, perspectives and competencies we want towork on the topic together and bring it to the public.

Rechte behinderter Menschen (rbm)

Rights of Handicapped Individuals (rbm) is a non-profit legal advice association of the German Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV) and the German Association of the Blind and the Visually Impaired in Education and Profession (DVBS). It offers legal advice and representation in the areas of social security and administrative law in relation to blindness and visual impairment. The advice and representation is provided exclusively by well-educated lawyers who are themselves handicapped.

Schwulenberatung Berlin gGmbH

Berlin’s Gay Counselling Center, founded in 1981, offers assistance, advice and exchange for gay and bisexual men, people living with HIV/AIDS, and trans-persons, including shared housing, groups on addiction, coming out, age, HIV, psychiatric problems, etc, a contact café, an HIV prevention project, a multi-generation house currently under construction, and much more.

Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Verbraucherschutz und Antidiskriminierung

The Berlin Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-discrimination (short SenJ) is one of ten specialist administrative departments of Berlin’ssenate in the rank of a state ministry and as such part ofthe provincial government as well as the competent highest state authority forlegal policy, penal system and administration of justice, and consumer protectionand anti-discrimination policy in the German capital.

Transgender Europe (TGEU)

Transgender Europe envisions a Europe free from all discrimination – especially including discrimination on grounds of gender identity and gender expression; a Europe where transgender people are respected and valued, a Europe where each and every person can freely choose to live in whichever gender they prefer, without interference.

Transparency International

Transparency International (TI) is a civil society organization striving to eliminate corruption. TI provides information about and reveals cases of corruption. Among other things, TI’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALAC) support witnesses and victims.

Türkische Bund in Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. (TBB)

Der Türkische Bund in Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. ist ein überparteilicher Dachverband von Organisationen und Einzelpersonen. Zurzeit hat der Türkische Bund 30 Mitgliedsorganisationen und 75 Einzelmitglieder.

TransInterQueer e.V.

TransInterQueer e.V. (TrIQ), an association based in Berlin, has been offering advocacy, education, advice and research from and for trans*, inter* and queer individuals since 2006 – locally, nationally and internationally. TriQ promotes: the emancipation and human rights of trans*, inter* and queer individuals and their participation in all areas of life; increased acceptance of trans/inter/queer lifestyles for a greater diversity of ways of living in our society; the reduction of taboo, pathologizing and exoticization of inter*/trans* individuals, hermaphrodizes and all others whose sex or gender expression departs from the binary gender norm; the reduction of prejudice and discrimination in relation to body, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Zentrale Frauenbeauftragte der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Since 1992, all Berlin universities are legally obliged to elect an Equal Opportunities Officer, who works to implement sex equality and equal opportunities in teaching and research at all public Berlin universities. The Central Equal Opportunities Officer at Humboldt University coordinates the decentralized Equal Opportunities Officers’ work in the faculties and represents women’s interests at the university level. She is part of the Regional Conference (LaKoF), see above.


The Humboldt Law Clinic Grund- und Menschenrechte currently receives funding from:

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin aus Mitteln des “Qualitätspakts Lehre” (seit 2011) of BMBF
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

During the first project phase 2010/11, the Clinic received additional start-up funding from:

Ashurst LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
White and Case LLP

We thank all of our sponsors for their support which has been making the Clinic’s work possible!

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