Fall 2023 • Seminar
Advanced Human Rights Training: Strategy and Advocacy
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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
Required Clinic Component: Either the fall International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar or the fall Semester in Human Rights Clinic. Students who are accepted into either of these clinics will be enrolled in this required course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.
Additional Pre-Requisites: Prior semester in the International Human Rights Clinic.
By Permission: Yes.
Add/Drop Deadline: June 1, 2023.
LLM Students: Due to the pre-requisite, LLM students are not eligible to apply.
Placement Site: HLS.
This seminar offers advanced training in human rights advocacy and leadership for students interested in careers in human rights or social justice. It is team taught with participation from all clinicians in the IHRC, exposing students to a variety of methods and approaches.
Students will explore strategic considerations that are critical to protecting and promoting human rights, including how to conceptualize and advance human rights agendas that target entrenched, structural challenges; how to mobilize constituencies and collaborate with affected communities to better address power imbalances and ensure sustainable change; and how to develop communication strategies and narratives for maximum impact. The seminar also examines professional ethics and responsibilities through scenarios based on human rights practitioners’ own experiences. Finally, students will consider and cultivate the leadership skills necessary for a career in human rights, including by examining issues of identity and developing their own leadership goals for the term. The seminar is designed to help students improve their effectiveness as human rights advocates and future leaders.