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Professor Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and children’s and women’s rights advocate, is a retired Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. She writes and lectures on international human rights law, children in conflict with the law, racism and youth justice, school law, and torture. 

At Northwestern, she was the (founding) director of the Children and Family Justice Center for twenty-three years. The Center represents young people in court, and is a national policy center for the comprehensive needs of children, adolescents and their families. 

Dohrn is an author and co-editor of three books: “Race Course: Against White Supremacy (2009) with Bill Ayers; “A Century of Juvenile Justice” (2002); and “Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students” (2001). 
Most recently she has written “In My Lifetime, Young People Have Changed the World: Children as Social Actors” in Diving In, and “The Surprising Role of the CRC in a Non-State Party” in Litigating the Rights of the Child. 

Dohrn taught human rights law at Northwestern, has been a visiting lecturer over ten years at Leiden University faculty of law in the Netherlands, and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. 

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.