Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy: Clinical Seminar

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Fall 2012 Seminar
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5051
2 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: International Human Rights Clinic (2-4 Fall or Spring credits). Students must first enroll in the clinic before attempting to enroll in this class.
Pre-requisite: This course is limited to 3Ls who have previously enrolled in the International Human Rights Clinic for at least one semester.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: Due to the pre-requisite, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

This seminar offers advanced training on a variety of skills relevant to the work of human rights advocates. It is designed for students who already have at least one semester of experience in the International Human Rights Clinic. Through three intensive skills-modules, students develop and refine advanced skills in key areas: media work, fact-finding and interviewing, and negotiation and coalition-building. Students also build leadership skills crucial for a career in human rights, such as how to set and advance human rights agendas, mobilize constituencies, and manage projects including supervising other members of a team. The seminar also explores professional ethics and responsibilities by drawing from scenarios based on human rights practitioners’ experiences in the field. Finally, the seminar considers organizational questions, including the effect of organizational mandates on research and advocacy, different institutional cultures, and how to build human rights organizations. Students will have an opportunity to workshop clinical projects and undertake in-depth participatory evaluation of advocacy and litigation strategies.

A fall or spring clinical practice component is required of all students. Clinical placements are with the International Human Rights Clinic.

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