Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
Required Class Component: Human Rights Advocacy (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: January 11, 2019.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: HLS.
Through the International Human Rights Clinic, students link theory with practice and learn core skills necessary to become effective and thoughtful human rights advocates. Students work in small project teams on pressing and timely human rights problems around the world, in collaboration with leading international and local human rights organizations, as well as affected communities. Clinical students have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to advance the interests of clients and affected communities. For example, students may interview survivors and document abuse; undertake legal, factual, and strategic analysis; and interact with media to build campaigns and advocate for human rights--all under the close supervision of the Clinic's human rights practitioners. When appropriate, students travel to investigate abuses or pursue advocacy outside Cambridge, participate in sessions before intergovernmental bodies and arguments before courts, and formulate policy and legislation to promote respect for human rights principles and the rule of law. In any given term, the Clinic delves into a wide range of issues, including extrajudicial executions and torture; civilian protection in armed conflict; women's rights; human rights and the environment; business and human rights; accountability litigation; transitional justice; refugee rights and legal identity; civil and political rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and many more. Our clinicians have expertise in numerous regions and countries, including in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. This wide range of skills, as well as thematic and geographic knowledge, exposes students to a variety of strategies and innovative techniques for promoting and protecting human rights.