Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy

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Fall 2013 Seminar
Meets: Th 3:00pm - 5:00pm in WCC Room 5050
2 classroom credits
Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced (2 fall credits) OR Semester in Human Rights (6 fall credits). Students must be enrolled in one of these clinics before they are permitted to enroll in this course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Prior semester of the International Human Rights Clinic.
By Permission: No for students in the International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced; Yes for students in Semester in Human Rights.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: 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 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.

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