Established in 2008, the International Human Rights Law Program at UCLA School of Law, the first program of its kind in southern California, aims to advance the norms of international human rights law through research, advocacy and public education.  As one of the finest research universities in the world, situated at a major global crossroads and in one of the most diverse regions in the country, UCLA is emerging as a vital center for international human rights work.

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The Program's core mission includes three elements:
Clinical programs in which students and faculty conduct on-the-ground investigations of international human rights abuses, document findings through traditional reports and innovative uses of video and the internet, and advocate before domestic and international courts, federal, state, and local governments, international organizations and foreign governments, and the media. 
  • ​​​​​​In the Program’s year-long International Justice Clinic, up to twelve advanced students, chosen through a competitive process, research subjects and make direct contributions to problems of accountability worldwide.  Over the course of three years of Clinical work, faculty and students – collaborating with international organizations and NGOs – have, among other things, examined the effective functioning and legacy of post-conflict justice mechanisms in Bosnia; made recommendations for U.S. policy toward the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala in 2010; assisted Cambodian victims in their goal of participation in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh; contributed research to a cutting-edge project of the Open Society Justice Initiative to encourage the prosecution of pillage as a war crime in the context of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and reported on the protection of witnesses in sexual violence cases that amount to international crimes, from Colombia to Sierra Leone and Liberia to The Hague.  During the 2011-2012 year, the Clinic is working on issues related to the crisis in Syria, accountability in Kenya, and the UN Security Council’s support for the International Criminal Court.

  • The Spring semester Asylum Clinic allows students at UCLA to work with Public Counsel in assisting refugees seeking legal status in the United States.  As a result, students have an opportunity not only to participate in justice efforts worldwide but also here at home.

A Research program to frame and address important questions about human rights law, its development, and ways in which it may be used most effectively.  The Law School’s Health and Human Rights Program, led by Professor Lara Stemple, brings together research, training and mentorship to examine the relationship between​ health and human rights and to foster the next generation of leaders working in this area. 

Externships: In addition to a vibrant curriculum, students also enjoy opportunities to spend a semester or summer doing an externship or internship in human rights with a non-governmental organization, an international organization or with government.  UCLA students have held summer or semester-long internships in places as varied as:
    • The United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague and Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha;
    • The UN High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR) and Human Rights (UNOHCHR) in Geneva;
    • The International Organization on Migration (IOM) in Genev​a;
    •  The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome;
    • The State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C.;
    • The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York City;
    • The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague and Freetown;
    • The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal; and
    • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague.

A Public program,with regular seminars, workshops, lectures, and films.  Highlights from the 2010-201​1 academic year included, for instance, 

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