Students in this yearlong clinic gain first-hand experience in human rights advocacy, working in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, human rights practitioners and law firms in the United States and abroad.
Clinic projects build the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective human rights lawyer, integrate the theory and practice of human rights, and expose students to a range of human rights issues. Students collaborate on one or more projects in small teams and have direct contact with the partner-clients. Some travel may be involved. Class discussions focus on human rights law concepts, dilemmas in advocacy, and the legal, strategic, ethical and theoretical issues raised by the project work. The clinic provides substantial opportunity to develop international law research and writing skills, and to network with human rights practitioners.
There is no direct client representation in this clinic.
Projects for 2012-13 may relate to (among other things): equality and justice for women in the Muslim family, legal empowerment for Guatemalan indigenous women, the impact of extractive industries, assessment of international jurisprudence compared to documented occurrences of sexual violence, and human rights in the Middle East.