Course Details

Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy

Students in this clinic will work on cases or projects applying norms and utilizing mechanisms of international human rights law. Although Fall 2014 projects have not been finalized, it is likely that they will include the following: (1) Shadow reporting on LGBTI issues to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in collaboration with the Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights (GISHR). Students will be assigned, in two-person teams, to draft a report on a particular country's compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This involves extensive discussions with local LGBTI activists in the country under review, research and document review, and the drafting of the report. Although travel is not guaranteed, we may travel to Geneva to participate in the HRC's review sessions. (2) Preparation for and participation in a Thematic Hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding Colombia's use of civilians to manually eradicate coca plants in conflict zones, exposing them to death and serious injury from land mines and guerilla attacks. (3) Preparation of an amicus brief to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in a case challenging the Chilean Supreme Court's refusal to annul the convictions of 12 Chilean Air Force officers found guilty of treason by a Military Court under the Pinochet dictatorship. The officers allege that the proceedings that led to their convictions suffered from serious irregularities, including the use of confessions extracted through torture. Recommended Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Students 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. Students without any prior international law experience will be expected to do additional reading and attend two overview sessions on international human rights law. Students with Spanish language skills are especially encouraged to apply. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

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


Course History

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

Spring 2015
Title: Clinic Practice: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 10     Actual: 7

Fall 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: International Human Rights Advocacy
Faculty: Arimond, Bridget (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 5