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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 and climate geoengineering responses to climate change. Given the nature of these fields, the projects will be interdisciplinary in nature and involve research and collaboration with non-lawyers working in health and climate science and policy. Students will work in the emerging field of tuberculosis (TB) and human rights with the UN Stop TB Partnership, the UN Development Program (UNDP) and domestic NGOs in Kenya and India to promote development and implementation of a human rights-based approach to TB. 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 various UNDP activities in the field, 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 contribute to amicus briefs or provide other forms of support to partners litigating TB-related cases in Africa and Asia. Once relegated to the realm of fantasy or science fiction, climate geoengineering responses to climate change, including solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal, are now taken seriously at the highest levels of government and key international organizations. The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs recently established the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) to address the risks, potential benefits, ethical and governance challenges raised by climate geoengineering. Students will conduct research and draft a series of memos, in coordination with the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, to engage the C2G2 with the aim to incorporate human rights norms into the development of climate geoengineering governance mechanisms at the global, regional and national levels. For 2L or 3L students only. Mandatory Clinic Student orientation on Monday, August 28th at 12p in Lincoln Hall

Catalog Number: LITARB 741
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

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