Minimizing the suffering that war inflicts on civilians presents many challenges for lawyers and rights advocates. This clinical seminar will explore ways to advance civilian protection during and after armed conflict. Following an introduction to relevant international humanitarian and human rights law, it will examine a wide spectrum of strategies, including naming and shaming, international criminal justice, treaty negotiation, military intervention, and victim assistance. Students will assess the promises and limitations of each strategy and consider how to determine the most appropriate one for a specific situation. Through role-playing exercises on fact-finding, media work, and treaty negotiation, they will also learn practical skills needed to work in the field.
A fall clinical practice component is required of all students. Clinical placements are with the International Human Rights Clinic.
Procedure & Practice
International, Comparative & Foreign Law