International Human Rights Clinic

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"The International Human Rights Clinic has by leaps and bounds provided me with my most challenging, thought-provoking, formative experience in law school."  - Former HLS student

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The International Human Rights Clinic works to protect the human rights of clients and communities around the world. Through supervised practice, students learn the responsibilities and skills of human rights lawyering.

Student Work

Students are at the heart of the International Human Rights Clinic. Under the close supervision of six full-time and additional part-time seasoned practitioners, more than 40 Harvard Law School students are involved in some 20 projects each term. Mirroring the approach of practicing advocates, students work in small project teams, developing lawyering and ethical skills and receiving intensive mentoring and feedback from experienced clinicians. Whether writing a legal submission, briefing policymakers, building a coalition, engaging with media, or negotiating a treaty, the Clinic employs a problem-solving approach, introducing students to challenges they will confront in their human rights careers. In-house trainings and simulations supplement project work to hone specific skills, such as interviewing. Clinical seminars round out the experience by providing a space in which to study and reflect on the problems posed in human rights practice and scholarship.

Courses and Teaching
Role Plays and Simulations

Clinical Human Rights Practice

The International Human Rights Clinic’s practice spans a wide range of issues, including arms and armed conflict;  business and human rights; counterterrorism and human rights; sexual and reproductive rights; Alien Tort Statute litigation;  criminal justice and human rights; human rights and the environment; protest and assembly rights; transitional justice; U.N. treaty bodies; and many more. Our clinicians have expertise in numerous regions, including the Americas, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. We have particular experience in certain countries, including Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, South Africa, and the United States. Projects are selected through a consultative process and are typically conducted in partnership with other civil society groups. In carrying out our practice, the Clinic employs a variety of lawyering methods that are tailored to the needs of each project. These include:

Documentation and Reporting
Litigation
Advocacy
Treaty Negotiation 

Clinical and Course Information

For registration information, see the 2014-2015 clinical curriculum

Faculty and Staff

Tyler Giannini (Clinical Director and Clinical Professor of Law)
Susan Farbstein (Clinical Director and Assistant Clinical Professor)
Bonnie Docherty (Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Fernando Ribeiro Delgado (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Deborah Popowski (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Mindy Jane Roseman (Academic Director)
Anna Crow (Clinical Fellow) 
Katherine Talbot (Program Administrator) 
Gabriela Follett (Program Assistant) 

Contact

6 Everett Street, Suite 3139 (WCC)
Harvard Law School
(617) 495-9362
hrp@law.harvard.edu
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Last modified: August 11, 2014

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