Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic – 7400
Fall 2017** Multi-semester course
This clinic provides students with experience in human rights advocacy, which may include litigation in federal or state courts and advocacy before the United Nations, the federal and state legislative and executive branches, and working in coalitions of nongovernmental organizations.
The Clinic will provide participation in supervised clinical projects and skill-building exercises. The process will facilitate discussion of the pros and cons of various advocacy mechanisms, possible conflicting strategies among different stakeholders, and how particular strategies are chosen and implemented.
The Clinic has a fall weekly class component and will include core lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, legal ethics in practice, and subjects, such as how to practice before international human rights systems, how to use international law sources in legal arguments before U.S. state and federal courts, working with clients with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the effects on attorneys of secondary trauma, the different types of oral advocacy and writing in human rights advocacy and the use of education, outreach and the media in advancing a strategy.
Additional Commitments: • There is no class in spring semester, but student attorneys are required to attend weekly meetings with their case team to discuss client cases.
What to expect when working on cases and with clients: The clinic is designed to expose you to a range of work in a variety of fora such as litigation in U.S. courts, advocacy before the international human rights system and work with colleagues in other countries. Students will have the opportunity to focus on particular areas of interest and expand skills in that area, and hopefully develop new ones.