Limited enrollment (8) and consent of the professor required.
This four-credit course will combine class study of international human rights litigation with
substantial written assignments prepared at the request of non-profit litigators and human rights
groups. The course will meet four hours a week. Students will research and write briefs,
complaints, memos, and reports for non-governmental, non-profit human rights litigators and
advocates. Class time and assigned readings will study domestic and international human rights
advocacy mechanisms and explore the legal, strategic, ethical and theoretical issues raised by
such work. Some classes will focus on issues triggered by the particular projects assigned that
semester. Some class time will be used for group or individual meetings with the professor.
Outside class, students will work on projects in collaboration with one or more other students.
Projects will be designed to expose students to the different tools available to promote respect for
human rights and to integrate the theory and practice of human rights advocacy. Assignments
will vary each semester. All assignments will require extensive research and writing. The clinic
will provide significant opportunity to develop international human rights law research and
writing skills. Enrollment is limited to 8 students.