The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic (IHRAC) offers students hands-on experience representing individual human rights survivors and international non-governmental organizations engaged in human rights advocacy. Participating students gain experience in areas including fact-finding, evidence collection, research, reports, advisory memoranda, viability assessments, litigation, amicus briefs, UN standard setting, and norm development. They also develop a variety of skills including interviewing, persuasive writing, media, collaboration, leadership, professional identity, trauma-informed advocacy, cross-cultural lawyering, and methods to cope with vicarious trauma. In addition, students discuss current events in human rights and the role lawyers play in the human rights movement (values, obligations, opportunities, and constraints).
How to Apply
Students interested in enrolling in the International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic should complete the PILC application and contact Professor Darby Kerrigan Scott to schedule an interview. There are no prerequisites for this clinic, and CLI status is not required. The clinic is open to all students beginning the summer after 1L year.
Southern Africa Litigation Centre Policy Brief: Revitalizing the campaign against sedition and insult offences in Africa | October 2023
Response to Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Call for inputs: Human Rights Council resolution 51/12 on local government and human rights | September 2023
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Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Collaboration with the Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc. | June 2022
The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic’s work was recently cited in a UN report. The clinic partnered with the Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc. in responding to a call for submissions by the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance for its 2022 Report on Climate and Racial Justice to the General Assembly. Read more here.