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Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad

FALL 2009 Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad Professor Sandra Babcock Enrollment Capacity ¿ 8 Students In this clinical course, students will work on projects that will expose them to diverse forms of human rights advocacy before domestic courts, international tribunals, foreign courts, and the United Nations. The clinic is litigation-oriented, although clinic students will also be exposed to legislative advocacy and may have the opportunity to engage in fact-finding and research regarding human rights violations abroad. A current sampling of projects includes: (1) representation of Mexican nationals on death row in Texas who are facing imminent execution in violation of the Avena Judgment of the International Court of Justice, a case that mandated judicial hearings in the cases of 52 Mexican nationals on death row whose consular rights have been violated; (2) collaboration with lawyers in Malawi and other African countries to reduce prison overcrowding and protect the rights of pre-trial detainees (in the past, a number of clinic students have traveled to Malawi to work directly with prisoners there); (3) representation of Mohamed al Qahtani, a prisoner at Guantanamo who was tortured by U.S. interrogators, in federal habeas proceedings; (4) working with lawyers around the world to promote the implementation of international norms regarding the application of the death penalty; and (5) drafting a report on U.S. compliance with human rights norms for submission to the UN Human Rights Council. While they will be expected to contribute to ongoing clinic projects, students are also encouraged to speak to Professor Babcock regarding potential projects that correspond with their individual interests or areas of expertise.


Catalog Number: LITARB 720
Practice Areas: International Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4



Fall 2012
Title: Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 2     Actual: 3



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic: Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6



Spring 2011
Title: Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 10



Fall 2010
Title: Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy at Home and Abroad
Faculty: Babcock, Sandra L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8