Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

Professor Lucie White
Winter 2014 clinic
2 clinical credits

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

Required Class Component: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project (1 fall credit + 1 winter credit + 1 spring credit). This clinic and course are bundled – your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Pre-/Co-Requisites: None.
By Permission: Yes. Applications 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.
Placement Site: Ghana.

The Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, and a network of Ghanaian Human Rights / Development organizations which began in 2002. Each year this team plans and implements the winter's activities, which focus on a dimension of economic and social rights implementation on the ground. Thus the team might focus on the negative impact of mining or similar development issues that are exploitive to communities, on the ground. Within such a broad issue, the work will address a range of human rights, such as access to education, health care, securing a livelihood, and having a voice in policy formation. Specific clinical activities include the full range of conventional and community lawyering strategies, such as legal research and analysis; reviewing and drafting legislation and regulations; strategy mapping; human rights documentation; participatory action research; partner briefings; designing and facilitating grassroots education and empowerment workshops; conducting community meetings; and working with media. In January of 2014, the work will take place primarily in Ghana's high poverty far north, with some activities taking place in the Accra region.

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