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Fall 2023 Clinic

Human Rights Entrepreneurs and Incubator Clinic

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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts (2 fall classroom credits). Once you have enrolled in this clinic, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll you in the required clinical course component.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 18, 2023.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic through the LLM General Clinic Application.

Placement Site: HLS.

The Human Rights Entrepreneurs and Incubator Clinic offers students the opportunity to work in a lab-like atmosphere with human rights entrepreneurs in start-ups as well as innovators within existing organizations as they translate their ideas for change into reality. The Clinic operates as a lab, and students will have the opportunity to support partners as they develop and incubate ideas to pursue innovative strategic approaches that advance human rights.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, the Clinic will focus on two major areas. First, the Clinic will support strategic litigation related to corporate accountability and climate justice, assisting with field building and the development and incubation of new legal theories and cases in these practice areas. Second, the Clinic will work with a coalition of groups experimenting with how to make the field of business and human rights more community-centric in the coming years. Communities are still too often missing from the conversation and key decisions, and the Clinic will support the coalition’s efforts to inform community engagement, business operations, and local, national, regional, and international frameworks, including relevant UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines, an ongoing treaty-process, and European Union and national legislation and policies.