Required Class Component: Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy (2 fall credits). Students must enroll in this clinic before they are permitted to enroll in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Prior semester of the International Human Rights Clinic.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.
Placement Site: HLS.
This advanced clinical offering is for students who have completed at least one semester of the International Human Rights Clinic prior to the 2013-2014 academic year. New students may participate in the International Human Rights Clinic through its regular fall or spring clinic offering.
Through the International Human Rights Clinic, students merge theory with practice and learn core skills necessary to become effective and thoughtful human rights advocates. Students work on pressing and timely human rights problems around the world, in collaboration with leading international and local human rights organizations. Those in the Clinic have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to advancing the interests of clients and affected communities. For example, students interview survivors and document abuse; undertake legal, factual, and strategic analysis; and interact with media to build campaigns and message on human rights—all under the close supervision of the Clinic's expert human rights practitioners. Students work in small teams on a variety of human rights projects and cases. When appropriate, students travel to investigate abuses or pursue advocacy outside Cambridge, participate in sessions before intergovernmental bodies and arguments before courts, and formulate policy to promote respect for human rights principles and the rule of law. In any given term, the Clinic delves into a wide range of issues, including extrajudicial executions, torture, and criminal justice; the unlawful use of cluster munitions and other weapons; civilian protection in armed conflict; sexual and reproductive rights; human rights and the environment; business and human rights; the role of health professionals in torture; Alien Tort Statute litigation; and transitional justice. Our clinicians have expertise in numerous regions and countries, including in Latin America, Southern Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. This wide range of skills, as well as thematic and geographic knowledge, exposes students to a variety of strategies and innovative techniques for promoting and protecting human rights.