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Human Rights Clinic

Clinic Overview

The Human Rights Clinic brings together an interdisciplinary group of law and graduate students in a course that incorporates both classroom study and hands-on participation in human rights projects and cases.

Students Alex Goeman (left) and Samantha Chen (right) take questions from journalists at a press conference about the Clinic’s report “Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons” on April 22, 2014.

Working from the advocate’s perspective, students collaborate with human rights organizations worldwide to support human rights claims in domestic and international fora, to investigate and document human rights violations, to develop and participate in advocacy initiatives before the United Nations, regional and national human rights bodies, and to engage with global and local human rights campaigns.

Human Rights Clinic students Andrew Nicholson and Tania Lara Ortiz visit the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, in spring of 2012 as part of a project on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

By taking on primary responsibility for their cases and projects and working under the guidance and mentoring of Clinic Director Ariel Dulitzky, students develop both theoretical and practical skills. The range of cases and projects handled by the Human Rights Clinic illustrates the breadth of human rights practice, including fact-finding, reporting and using the press, and other public advocacy. Through this work, students learn substantive human rights law, develop important professional techniques, and explore different models for ethical, responsible, and effective promotion and protection of human rights.

Human Rights Clinic students Nita Garg and Melvin Huang visit Ghana in the fall of 2009.