Advanced Skills Training in Strategic Human Rights Advocacy

Advanced Skills Training in Strategic Human Rights Advocacy

Professor Tyler Giannini
Fall 2018 seminar
W 3:00pm - 5:00pm in WCC Room 5050
2 classroom credits

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

Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced. This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 28, 2018.

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

Placement Site: HLS.

This seminar offers advanced training in strategic and people-centered 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. Student will also consider how to stay connected to the people and communities with whom we work. Strategic decisions as well as those that touch individuals 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 seminar is 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, and during the fall term, the seminar will experiment with a social justice lab that stems from a hack-a-thon methodology. 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.

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