Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Professor Lucie White
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 course
W 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 4056
3 classroom credits

By Permission: This course and its clinic require permission of the instructor. Enrollment is through an application process.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
Co-requisite Clinic: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic (2 Winter credits). Class and clinic enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. class) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. clinic).
Multi-Term: Fall-Winter-Spring class (1 credit per term).
Application Deadline: March 30 for JDs, August 1 for LLMs.

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 the Right to Health. The course -- both the theoretical and practical dimensions -- are situated at the intersection of economic and social rights, development, and global health. Consult the clinical description for a more elaborate account of the partnership, the project's evolution, and the specific health rights which the 2013 partnership will target.

The workshop, which awards 3 academic credits -- 1F/ 1W / 1S -- is designed to offer the theoretical frame for the 2012-2013 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. For JD students, apply for both the academic and clinical components by sending a single application -- i.e., 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 one week before the date for registration for clinics and clinically linked courses. (Contact the clinical office to determine the exact date.) Accepted candidates will be notifed prior to the clinical registration date. For LLM students, apply by sending a CV and statement of interest to by August 1, 2012.

Subject Areas: Human Rights, International, Comparative & Foreign Law, Legal & Political Theory