Your browser does not support JavaScript

Alert COVID-19 Update

Harvard University and Harvard Law School will shift to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.


Student Work

Student Work

The International Human Rights Clinic works to protect the human rights of clients and communities around the world. Through supervised practice, students learn the responsibilities and skills of human rights lawyering.

Students are at the heart of the International Human Rights Clinic. Under the close supervision of six full-time and additional part-time seasoned practitioners, more than 40 Harvard Law School students are involved in some 20 projects each term. Mirroring the approach of practicing advocates, students work in small project teams, developing lawyering and ethical skills and receiving intensive mentoring and feedback from experienced clinicians. Whether writing a legal submission, briefing policymakers, building a coalition, engaging with media, or negotiating a treaty, the Clinic employs a problem-solving approach, introducing students to challenges they will confront in their human rights careers. In-house trainings and simulations supplement project work to hone specific skills, such as interviewing. Clinical seminars round out the experience by providing a space in which to study and reflect on the problems posed in human rights practice and scholarship.


The International Human Rights Clinic’s practice spans a wide range of issues, including arms and armed conflict; business and human rights; women’s rights; accountability litigation, including through the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Statute; right to privacy; human rights and the environment; transitional justice; and many more. Our clinicians have expertise in numerous regions, including the Americas, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. We have particular experience in certain countries, including Burma/Myanmar and South Africa. Projects are selected through a consultative process and are typically conducted in partnership with other civil society groups. In carrying out our practice, the Clinic employs a variety of lawyering methods that are tailored to the needs of each project.

How to Register

How to Register

The International Human Rights Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and requisites, as well as the clinical registration process itself, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

The clinic also offers a 3L-only clinic option in the fall (International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training).  This option is for students who have already completed a semester of the International Human Rights Clinic.

Application Deadline for Advanced Option (3L Only):
April 7, 2020

In the News

In the News

  • Mamani: Lessons and Learning From a Decade-Long Struggle for Justice

    Continue Reading about Mamani: Lessons and Learning From a Decade-Long Struggle for Justice
    Continue Reading
  • "I want to be able to help develop transitional justice norms"

    Continue Reading about "I want to be able to help develop transitional justice norms"
    Continue Reading



International Human Rights Clinic
6 Everett Street
Suite 3139 (WCC)
Harvard Law School
(617) 495-9362
Visit Clinic’s Website