Course Description

LAW 717 - International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) requires students to navigate international human rights legal theory and practice in the service of real clients and partners.  It has two components: clinical projects and a seminar. In groups, students collaborate with leading human rights organizations and advocates on a variety of projects, to advance these partners’ legal, policy and advocacy goals. By doing so, students gain firsthand experience with international human rights lawyering and develop important skills for this practice, and for public interest-oriented lawyering more broadly.

In November 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Achiume to the position of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Students in the IHRC provide legal support to the Special Rapporteur mandate, including cutting-edge legal and policy research, drafting, oral advocacy, and possible travel to the United Nations. In the past, international projects have also included regional human rights litigation in the Inter-American system, and provision of legal support for Indigenous peoples’ litigating in national fora in Latin America. The IHRC’s domestic projects have largely focused on advancing human rights compliance and legal and policy reform in Los Angeles, including in partnership with immigrants’ rights advocates, and with formerly and currently incarcerated women and youth.

The IHRC seminar provides the theoretical counterpart to students’ practical work. Through several modules, this seminar maps the field of international human rights advocacy; introduces students to some of the most contentious debates surrounding the theory and practice of international human rights law; provides students with the tools they will need to identify and address ethical concerns in the practice of international human rights law; and sharpens lawyering skills relevant to their clinic projects. In addition to the seminar, students are required to set aside additional time each week for casework, which may include client meetings and site visits.

A demonstrated background in international human rights is required.

 

Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
E. Tendayi Achiume /
Joseph Berra
18F 717 LEC 1 T 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 6.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 7/20/2018.

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Joseph Berra /
E. Tendayi Achiume
16F 717 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process ; deadline June 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Joseph Berra 17S 717 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Joseph Berra 17F 717 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 26, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/14/2017.
Todd Schneider /
E. Tendayi Achiume
18S 717 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
Early drop deadline: December 22, 4:00 pm. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline 12:00 noon, October 20. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Categories
Experiential Courses - Clinics, Simulations, and Externships; Criminal Law and Procedure; International & Comparative Law - International, Comparative, and Foreign Law; International & Comparative Law - International Human Rights; Professional Responsibility & The Legal Profession; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy; International and Comparative Law JD Specialization;