International Human Rights Clinic

International Human Rights Clinic

Professor Tyler Giannini, Professor Susan Farbstein
Fall 2012 clinic
2, 3, or 4 clinical credits

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

Co-requisite Classes: Combating the Human Costs of Armed Conflict: Clinical Seminar (2 Fall credits) OR Gender and Human Rights: Clinical Seminar (2 Fall credits). Students must first enroll in this clinic before attempting to enroll in one of the two classes.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

Through the International Human Rights Clinic, students merge theory with practice and learn core skills necessary to become effective and thoughtful human rights advocates. Students work on pressing and timely human rights problems around the world, in collaboration with leading international and local human rights organizations. Those in the Clinic have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to advancing the interests of clients and affected communities. For example, students interview survivors and document abuse; undertake legal, factual, and strategic analysis; and interact with media to build campaigns and message on human rights--all under the close supervision of the Clinic's expert human rights practitioners. Students work in small teams on a variety of human rights projects and cases. 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 to promote respect for human rights priniciples and the rule of law. In any given term, the Clinic delves into a wide range of issues, including extrajudicial executions, torture, and criminal justice; the unlawful use of cluster munitions and other weapons; civilian protection in armed conflict; sexual and reproductive rights; human rights and the environment; business and human rights; the role of health professionals in torture; Alien Tort Statute litigation; transitional justice; 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, Southern Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, 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.

Four seminars serve as entry points for new students wishing to enroll in the International Human Rights Clinic. Fall clinic students must take either The Human Costs of Armed Conflict (Fall 2012) OR Gender and Human Rights (Fall 2012). Students in the Spring clinic (a separate listing) must take either Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation (Spring 2013) OR The Promises and Challenges of Disarmament (Spring 2013). While each course is focused on a particular subject matter, all teach the key skills of human rights pracitioners and include simulations and role plays related to fact-finding and field investigations, media work, and/or negotiation and legislative work.

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