Course Details

Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy

Students work on cases or projects applying norms and utilizing mechanisms of international human rights law. We will continue our collaboration with an international NGO and its global network of local NGO activists. Students on this project will work (via Skype and email) with LGBTI NGOs in countries coming up for review before the UN Human Rights Committee or other human rights monitoring bodies. With their local NGO partners, the students will prepare reports documenting human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity and, in some cases, will travel to Geneva to participate in the review session. Another project, undertaken in collaboration with Greenpeace International, seeks accountability for human rights violations committed against indigenous people in Brazil in connection with a series of dams being constructed in the Amazon River Basin. A third potential project would involve the preparation of a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of a Vietnamese journalist charged with sedition for his writing. Students may also have the opportunity to work with our long-standing Colombian partner NGO, CampaƱa Colombian Contra Minas, to assist in preparation for Colombia's upcoming review under the Universal Periodic Review process. Additional projects utilizing international human rights mechanisms (the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures, the Human Rights Council, the regional human rights systems, etc.) may be added to the roster. Student-initiated project proposals are welcome and will be considered (any proposals should be submitted to the instructor as soon as possible, without waiting for the start of the semester).

Catalog Number: LITARB 714
Practice Areas: International Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Clinic: Int'l Human Rights Adv
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4

Spring 2018
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 10     Actual: 7

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4

Spring 2017
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7

Fall 2016
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4

Spring 2016
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 10     Actual: 8

Fall 2015
Title: Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4