International Human Rights Law Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/10
Credits: 3

Course Description

The International Human Rights Clinic provides students with the opportunity to effect real change in the field of human rights while gaining practical experience. By participating in the year-long 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 year, 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. In the spring of 2019, students traveled to Bogota, Colombia; and Geneva, Switzerland. In the fall, students meet weekly for a seminar-style discussion to analyze and critically reflect on current human rights tools and strategies. Classes do not meet regularly during the spring semester, giving students more time to focus on their projects and skills development.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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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: International 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: No
Course Notes: Projects during the academic year of 2019-2020 may address issues regarding the rights of migrant workers, human rights in the Syrian refugee context, advocacy and litigation before the Inter-American System on Human Rights, access to justice in Mexico, and gender equality in sports. APPLICATION INFO: All students are welcome to apply to participate in this clinic. Interest, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard in a collaborative environment are all important. By submitting an application, the applicants commits to enrolling in the year-long course, if selected. Interested students must send a resume and complete the following questionnaire: (1) list courses taken relevant to the clinic; (2) describe past work experience or other background (including personal or family background) relevant to the clinic; (3) explain your reasons for wanting to take this clinic, what you hope to learn in it, and how you see the clinic's role in your future work/career; and (4) describe your fluency in any languages other than English. Applications should be emailed to Prof. Sanchez ( no later than June 21st. Admitted students will be notified of acceptance before the start of the lottery process (and SRO will enroll selected students). CREDITS: this clinic carries 6 credits -- 3 are earned at the conclusion of the fall term on a credit/no credit basis, and 3 earned at the conclusion of the spring term on a letter-graded basis.

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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