International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic (IHRAC)

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.  


Clinic Work

Bravo Trial Monitoring Project | July 2022

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


Recent News

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.


Student Testimonials

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  • "Being a part of IHRAC allowed me to take part in a clinical project that looked at international standards of housing rights to see how it can be applied on a local level to promote policy change. The clinic teaches you to think analytically about the relevance of international law and seeing limitations of certain domestic human rights laws. It further teaches trauma-informed lawyering techniques that helped me build the skills necessary to be an effective advocate, which can be applied in the human rights field and beyond."

    - 2L Careena Lall

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  • "The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic provided me with an opportunity that was challenging, practical, and engaging. The clinic allowed me to think about what lawyers could and should do to help those in need. More importantly, the clinic gave me the chance to test those ideas outside of the classroom."

    - 2L Leonard "Turner" McCroan

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  • "Taking the IHRAC was one of the best decisions I made in law school. The clinic allowed me to pursue my passion for helping victims of international human rights violations and their families. In addition to learning about international human rights law and regional human rights systems, my experience with the clinic provided me with valuable practical skills such as trauma-informed lawyering, persuasive legal writing, public interest campaign creation, interviewing clients, legal research, trial preparation and monitoring, and case management."

    - 2L Abigail Chapman

     

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  • "I participated in the IHRAC clinic during the summer semester. It was of the most rewarding experiences I have had in law school. I was able to improve my practical skills as well as meet wonderful individuals that do amazing work across the globe!"  

    - 2L Larry Lynn

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  • "The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic provides a comprehensive and hands-on overview of what it means to be a lawyer and a human rights advocate, ranging from the foundations of human rights systems around the world to learning how to record billable hours! I especially enjoyed observing a federal human rights case in Miami and drafting trial monitoring reports. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the federal justice system and about civil proceedings."

    - 2L Aziza Mohamadhossen

     

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