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The War Crimes Prosecution Clinic offers HLS students an opportunity to learn international criminal law on a first-hand basis during the spring semester. Students are introduced to international criminal justice systems by working with tribunals such as the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, or the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; U.S. government agencies like the Office of Special Investigations in the Justice Department or the State Department's Office of War Crimes Issues; and NGOs focusing on war crime prosecution issues. Though work is long-distance, students gain first-hand training during a week-long trip to the Hague over spring break to observe proceedings and meet with officials at the ICC and the ICTY.
Students' clinical experience is supplemented by the War Crimes Prosecution Workshop, which is a required course for students in the clinic and meets every other week. The course will focus on clinical work being done by the students and current topics in war crime prosecutions.
Enrollment for the spring clinic is limited and by application only. Interested students should submit a resume and a letter of interest describing any relevant academic or practical work in the field and interest in the topic (letters may be addressed to Assistant Clinical Professor Alex Whiting). Submit your application to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (Austin 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1, 2009.
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