Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy

Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy

Professor Susan Farbstein, Professor Tyler Giannini
Fall 2017 seminar
W 3:00pm - 5:00pm
2 classroom credits

Students who enroll in this course may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Required Clinic Component: Either the fall International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced or the fall Semester in Human Rights Clinic. Students who enroll in either of these clinics will be enrolled in this required course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None

By Permission: Clinical enrollment for the International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced is not by permission and is included in general clinical registration. Clinical enrollment for the Semester in Human Rights Clinic is by permission only. Applications are due April 7, 2017.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 29, 2017.

LLM Students: Due to the pre-requisite, LLM students are not eligible to apply.

Placement Site: HLS.

This seminar offers advanced training in strategic human rights advocacy that builds on themes and skills from the introductory seminars of the International Human Rights Clinic.

Students will explore a variety of strategic considerations that are critical to protecting and promoting human rights, including how to conceptualize and advance human rights agendas that target entrenched, structural challenges; how to mobilize constituencies and collaborate with affected communities to better address power imbalances and ensure sustainability; and how to develop communication strategies and narratives for maximum impact. Strategic decisions are often integrally tied to ethical questions, and thus the seminar also examines professional ethics and responsibilities through scenarios based on human rights practitioners' own experiences in the field. In addition, students will workshop their own clinical projects, specifically considering ways to improve their impact and effectiveness.

The seminar is centrally concerned with building the leadership skills necessary for a career in human rights. As part of this leadership development, the instructors are committed to increasing student ownership over the learning processes in both the seminar and the Clinic. Students will work with the instructors to create a safe and inclusive learning environment that also encourages pedagogical experimentation. Students will help determine their learning priorities, including by developing a tailored individual or team project through which they can examine, in depth, an area of interest. Recent student projects have focused on human rights in the United States, op-ed writing and storytelling in the human rights context, dealing with trauma and developing a more sustainable practice, approaches to increase attention on disability rights, strategic and tactical mapping for human rights campaigns, the ethics of fact-finding and interviewing, negotiation and coalition-building, and community-based participatory action and research.

This seminar is required for students enrolled in the fall International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced or fall Semester in Human Rights. Once a student enrolls in either of these clinics, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll them in this required course component.

Subject Areas: Human Rights, Procedure & Practice, International, Comparative & Foreign Law