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Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights

Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights Students will have the opportunity to work on cases or projects applying the norms of international human rights law, international criminal law, and/or international humanitarian law. While projects for 2009-2010 have not yet been finalized, past projects are illustrative. Last year¿s projects included: (1) At the request of an NGO that works on HIV/AIDS and access to health care issues in Rwanda, students prepared a memorandum on the ways in which the detention of hospital patients unable to pay their bills violates Rwandan domestic law and international human rights law. Two clinic students and the professor will travel to Rwanda in August 2009 in connection with this project. (2) At the request of an NGO that works on gender-based violence issues (including honor killings) in Iraq, students researched potential avenues of relief through the international refugee system and various international human rights mechanisms, and prepared both a memoranda setting out the various options and a ¿how to¿ guide explaining how an NGO can utilize the most promising of these options. (3) Students assisted in trial preparations in a federal court case against Shell Oil alleging corporate complicity in an array of human rights atrocities in Nigeria. (4) Initial work was begun exploring the potential use of international mechanisms to challenge felony disenfranchisement laws. Projects from earlier years have included, among others, (1) preparation of memoranda for the Office of the Prosecutor of various international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC); (2) litigation of an Alien Tort Claims Act/Torture Victim Protection Act case against a multinational corporation arising out of the bombing of a civilian village in Colombia; and (3) preparation of amicus briefs in Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victim Protection Act cases. Recommended Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Students applying for this placement are strongly encouraged to have some prior or concurrent exposure to international law concepts through one of the following: completion of or concurrent enrollment in a substantive course in international law (international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, etc.); prior CIHR clinic enrollment or work experience; participation in the Jessup Moot Court program or an international law journal; or comparable prior or concurrent international law experience. Although this course is listed as meeting on Fridays at noon, an alternative time for weekly class meetings may be established at the convenience of the instructor and class members. However, Friday at noon will be our fallback time if a mutually agreeable alternative cannot be found.


Catalog Number: LITARB 714
Practice Areas: International Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4



Spring 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Evans, Christine
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 14     Actual: 6



Fall 2012
Title: Clinic Practice: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic: CIHR
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4



Spring 2011
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 6



Fall 2010
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 2