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 are selected to build the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective human rights lawyer; to integrate the theory and practice of human rights; and to expose students to a range of human rights issues. There is no direct client representation in this clinic. Students collaborate on two 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 norms and institutions of implementation/enforcement, 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.