Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

Professor Lucie White
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 course
W 7:15pm - 9:15pm in WCC Room 4056; W 7:15pm - 9:15pm
3 classroom credits

Required Clinic Component: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project (2 winter 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 March 27, 2013.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application. Applications are due by August 15, 2013.
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, the project's evolution, and the specific health rights which the 2014 partnership is likely to target.

The workshop, which awards 3 academic credits -- 1F/ 1W / 1S -- is designed to offer the theoretical frame for the 2013-14 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 on March 27, 2013. Accepted candidates will be notified prior to the clinical registration date.

For LLM students, apply by sending a one-page CV and two-page double spaced statement of interest to by August 15, 2013.

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