Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Professor Lucie White
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 course
T 7:00pm - 9:00pm; T 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 4056
3 classroom credits

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

Required Clinic Component: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project (2 winter clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.

Additional Pre-/Co-Requisites: None.

By Permission: Yes. Applications to the clinic are due by 5:00pm on August 23, 2019.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 26, 2019.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application. Applications are due by August 23, 2019.

Multi-Semester: This is a fall-winter-spring course (1 fall credit + 1 winter credit + 1 spring credit).

This course is an academic workshop that wraps around and is concurrent with an on-going field-based clinical project in which students work with Ghanaian partners on economic and social rights realization on the ground. The course - both the theoretical and practical dimensions - are situated at the intersection of economic and social rights, development, and, human rights advocacy. Consult the clinical description for a more elaborate account of the partnership and the specific health rights which the 2019-20 partnership is likely to target.

The workshop, which awards 3 academic credits - 1F/ 1W / 1S - is designed to offer the theoretical frame for the 2019-20 theory/practice experience. Thus, the workshop will focus on Ghana in the context of its history, geography, religion and culture, socioeconomic profile, and development trajectory. It will also enable students to prepare for the interpersonal and cultural challenges of North/South lawyering partnerships. The fall and spring term workshop will include readings, group presentations, academic writing, and jointly produced background and follow-up documents anchored in the practical work . While in Ghana during the winter Term, the workshop will be centered on seminars, group discussions, consultations with public officials, and site visits that address the theoretical, doctrinal, policy, and sociocultural dimensions of their field-based engagements. There will also be time to visit Ghana's cultural sites and nature reserves.

Admission to the academic and clinical components is determined together, by permission of the instructor. Students should apply by submitting a two-page double spaced statement of interest and a one-page CV to the clinical office ( with a cc to Ellen Keng ( by 5:00pm on August 23, 2019. Accepted candidates will be enrolled in the clinic and clinical course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

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