International Human Rights Student Orgs / Journals

  • The International Human Rights Law Association's (IHRLA) purpose is to provide a student-led forum for developing knowledge, sharing experiences, and promoting career opportunities within the field of international human rights law at the UCLA School of Law. IHRLA endeavors to work closely with other related on-campus organizations including the International Justice Project (IJP), the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA), Critical Race Studies (CRS) and the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (PILP), to provide meaningful collaboration and further opportunities for project-based research and career assistance to students.

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  • The International Justice Project (IJP) is an extracurricular clinic at the UCLA School of Law. IJP students provide legal research and analysis for human rights organizations in need of assistance in the United States and around the world. In addition to providing a service to human rights organizations, IJP affords law students an opportunity to gain experience in human rights law and develop the skills necessary to become an effective human rights advocate.

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  • The UCLA International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) helps refugees escape harm and persecution and start their lives anew. We provide legal representation to those who have none and help refugees navigate the rules and processes of resettlement to safe third countries. UCLA IRAP coordinates with our law firm partners, IRAP Headquarters in New York, NGOs around the Middle East, and fellow IRAP Chapters across the country and in Canada to help refugees. IRAP’s 30 law school chapters and network of hundreds of pro bono attorneys have helped resettle over 3,000 refugees in life or death situations. Student group, pro bono project, and advocacy organization rolled into one, IRAP utilizes pro bono legal representation, strategic litigation, and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees seeking resettlement and to assist those who have already resettled.

    IRAP students can engage in the following four areas: 1) CASE WORK: IRAP members work with pro bono attorneys to represent refugees and visa applicants who are located outside of the United States; 2) PROJECTS: IRAP members may have the opportunity to work on projects related to client screening, research, policy advocacy, and community engagement and education; 3) STUDENT TRIPS: IRAP members may apply for trips to Jordan and Lebanon to meet with NGOs that work with refugees to learn more about the refugee process and to assist IRAP staff conduct intakes; and 4) TRAINING: IRAP provides students with comprehensive training on refugee issues and relevant law, such as UNHCR Refugee Status Determination and psychological trainings for working with clients who have experienced trauma.

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  • The UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs is an interdisciplinary publication promoting scholarship in international law and foreign relations. It publishes articles by leading scholars, practitioners, and other professionals from around the world as well as student comments. Some of JILFA's issues are topical, focusing on immigration or international gender and race discrimination, and others offer more variety, ranging from conflicting approaches to technological developments, to the international criminal court, to sovereign debt crises.

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  • The Pacific Basin Law Journal (PBLJ) is considered the world's foremost journal focused on Pacific Rim issues. We are committed to publishing original, cutting-edge scholarship that significantly contributes to the study of this important region of the world, and we seek to enhance dialogue between U.S. and international scholars through our publications. Past issues have featured articles by leading scholars and practitioners on a range of international and comparative law topics, including human rights, constitutional law, criminal law, international trade, labor and employment, corporate governance, climate change, and intellectual property. The breadth and diversity of topics covered by the PBLJ make it one of the most exciting, informative, and authoritative student publications at UCLA School of Law.

    The PBLJ is an entirely student-run law journal. Founded in 1982, it is the second oldest journal at UCLA Law. We publish twice a year and are available on LexisNexis, HeinOnline, eScholarship, and Westlaw.

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