International Human Rights Law Clinic

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/6
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1130-1250
  • SL276
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This single-semester clinical course provides students with the opportunity to effect real change in the field of human rights while gaining practical experience. By participating in the clinic, students develop practical skills, including international human rights research and writing, litigating human rights claims in international fora, advocating before international organizations, and documenting and publicizing human rights violations. Recently, the clinic has worked with partners as diverse as the United Nations; the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington DC; Dejusticia - a human rights NGO from Colombia; and the Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in New York. Students in the clinic work in teams on one or more projects throughout the semester, completing a variety of assignments including research, advocacy, and production of written work. Students may have the opportunity to travel domestically or internationally to work more closely with their partner organizations.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will provide substantial written work on one or more clinical assignments, which could include legal briefs and advocacy papers depending on the project.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: nternational Law and/or International Human Rights Law recommended, but not required. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Students enroll in this course through an application process administered by Prof. Sanchez and Director of Clinics, Prof. Sarah Shalf. Prof. Sanchez will notify Student Records of the students who accept invitations to join the clinic, and Student Records will enroll those students in the course prior to the enrollment lottery. NOTE REGARDING GRADING BASIS: Students will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, CR, NC, H, P, and F grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM