Perelman, Jeremy

Professor at Sciences Po
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Jeremy Perelman has been involved in a variety of research, teaching and advocacy projects in the fields of human rights and development in the U.S., South Africa, Ghana and Latin America. He notably co-directed a research project for French institutions on access to justice in South Africa in 2000-2001, and was a researcher and consultant for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, an international NGO based in New York.

A member of the Paris Bar, Perelman holds Masters degrees in International Law and International Affairs from Stanford Law School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as a Doctorate (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the intersection between human rights based approaches to development, global economic governance, and social change advocacy in the Global South. He is the co-editor of Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human rights to Challenge Global Poverty (with Lucie E. White eds., Stanford University Press, November 2010), a volume co-authored by African human rights advocates and social justice scholars. He is since 2012 a Faculty Member of Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP)'s Annual Workshop, and has received an IGLP grant to co-direct a research project on Human Rights, Poverty and Heterodox Approaches to Development.

Before joining Sciences Po Law School in September 2011, Jeremy Perelman has been a Lecturer-in-Law and Fellow in Residence at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Jeremy Perelman is Assistant Professor at Sciences Po Law School, where he teaches or has taught International Human Rights Law (College), and seminars on "Human Rights, Global Poverty & Development" (Law School) and "Advocating for Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty" (PSIA). He is also the Faculty and Executive Director of the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the scientific and pedagogical supervisor for the clinic's HEDG and RISE programs. He was awarded a Seed Grant for Joint Faculty Projects from the Alliance Columbia program in 2012, as well as a grant from the French Ministry of Justice's Mission de Recherche Droit et Justice in November 2013 for a collaborative project co-directed with Marie Mercat-Bruns focusing on anti-discrimination law and institutions. He sits on the Editorial Committee of the European Journal of Human Rights.

Spécialités / Fields of Expertise

  • International public law
  • Economic development
  • Human rights


  • « Transnational Human Rights Advocacy, Clinical Collaborations, and the Political Economies of Accountability: Mapping the Middle », Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, p. 264-319, Vol. 16, Fall 2013
  • « Can Human Rights Practice Be a Critical Project - A View from the Ground » (avec Lucie E. White), Loyola Los Angeles Law Review, Volume 44 (2010)
  • « Rights as Footprints: A New Metaphor for Contemporary Human Rights Practice » (avec Katharine G. Young), Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, Volume 9, Issue 1, Fall 2010
  • « Beyond Common Knowledge », Book review, Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer 2006.
  • « The Way Ahead? Access to Justice, Public Interest Lawyering and the Right to Legal Aid in South Africa: the Nkuzi case », Stanford Journal of International Law, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2005.