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Clinic: International Human Rights Law and Practice

Students will work on projects using international human rights law, norms and mechanisms in partnership with international organizations, domestic NGOs and human rights experts. This semester’s work will be focused in the domains of health and human rights. Given the nature of the field, the project will be interdisciplinary and involve research and collaboration with doctors and public health specialists. In particular, students will work on the global health challenges presented by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) using a human rights-based approach. Partners will include the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Stop TB Partnership, University of Chicago Department of Medicine, and domestic NGOs in Kenya and India. Though TB is preventable and curable, it recently surpassed HIV/AIDS as the leading infectious disease killer in the world, with more than two million deaths and more than 10 million new cases last year alone. People with TB in many parts of the world experience stigma and discrimination and often lack access to good quality testing and treatment services. Students will research, draft and promote use of a judicial handbook titled TB, Human Rights and the Law. The handbook will be a resource for judges around the world to inform them about the disease and human rights-based approaches to adjudicating cases involving people with TB. Students will also contribute to UNDP work in the area of TB and HIV/AIDS, including developing their organizational strategy on how to remove human rights-barriers to accessing TB services and protect the rights of people with TB. Students may also participate in an infectious disease law reform workshop in Beijing, China, to promote better law and policy governing the prevention, testing, treatment and care of TB and other infectious diseases. For 2L or 3L students only. IHR students interested in this clinic should see Professor Citro’s permission to bid.

Catalog Number: LITARB 741
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Law and Practice
Faculty: Citro, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 2     Actual: 2

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Law and Practice
Faculty: Citro, Brian (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 3