Legal Fellows in Human Rights and Patient Care

Since 2009, the Open Society Foundations have supported Legal Fellowships in Human Rights in Patient Care for young lawyers from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Russia, and Ukraine. The Fellows are based at leading NGOs working to advance human rights in patient care in their countries. This is a one-year Fellowship for recent law graduates with the option to renew for a second year.

The Fellowship aims to develop a new generation of lawyers with expertise in human rights and patient care, increase the capacity of local NGOs, and build this field through trainings and the development of materials and networks.


Fellows play a key role in the regional Practitioner Guide Initiative. The Practitioner Guides are a series of practical, how-to manuals for lawyers on taking human rights in patient care cases. They examine patient and provider rights and responsibilities and procedures for protection at national, regional, and international levels. The Fellows help ensure that the Practitioner Guide is current and up-to-date, coordinate and help provide trainings based upon the Guide, and work on patient-friendly versions of the Guide targeted at marginalized populations, as well as materials for health providers.

Fellows additionally develop their legal skills through work with their mentors and participate in regional professional development opportunities, such as a Study Tour of the European human rights system in Strasbourg, France; the World Congress on Medical Law in Zagreb, Croatia; and the European Conference on Health Law in Leuven, Belgium.


The various Fellows also meet together once a year for an orientation to the project and targeted training.


To learn more about the Fellows, their background, aspirations, and projects, please click here.




Armenia Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan
Armenia Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan
Macedonia Russia Ukraine
Macedonia Russia Ukraine