The IHR Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School

The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms as well as other substantive law and strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors.  The Clinic works closely with non-governmental organizations to design, collaborate, and implement projects, which include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, drafting reports, and training manuals. Students work in teams on specific projects and will develop their international research, legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, collaboration, media advocacy, and strategic thinking skills.  Additionally, students critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, as well as discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally, and develop new techniques to address human rights violations, including those involving economic and social rights and women's rights.

Latest News and Announcements

IHR Summer Clinic Students Make Statement Before the Cook County Board of Commissioners

Anna Duke and Josia Klein, summer law clerks in the International Human Rights Clinic, made a statement on June 27 at a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners explaining why the policy of incarcerating families who attempt to enter the U.S. unlawfully is inefficient and problematic from a human rights standpoint.

They advocated in favor of "Resolution Addressing the Harmful Effects of Immigrant Child and Family Detention and Calling on the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch to Rescind the 'Zero Tolerance' Policy," which was subsequently passed.

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Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security Urge Investigation of CBP Policies and Practices Citing IHRC Report

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security sent a letter to the Acting Inspector General, Mr. John Kelly, of the Department of Homeland Security on May 29th calling on him to investigate treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.

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Chicago Tribune Speaks with IHRC Director on Recent Clinic Report

Chicago Tribune discusses abuse of immigrant children alleged in documents examined by IHR Clinic students.

The full story can be accessed here

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International Human Rights Clinic, ACLU Report Reveals Frequent Abuse of Migrant Children by US Customs and Border Protection

Becky GIllespie May 23, 2018

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IHRC Students Work to Combat Violence against Female Farm Workers in Mexico

Becky Beaupre Gillespie May 9, 2018

The three Law School students who landed in Mexico City last March had spent months preparing for the fact-finding mission they hoped would help curb violence and discrimination against women in the Mexican agriculture industry.

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IHRC Clinic Students Conduct Interviews on Police Strategies in Managing Protests in England and Northern Ireland

The International Human Right Clinic (IHRC) students Eleni Christou (’19), Brittany McKinley (’19) and Aaron Tucek (’19) and faculty, Professor Claudia Flores and lecturer Nino Guruli, spent winter break conducting field research in the United Kingdom investigating British practices in policing of protests and public gatherings for a study compiling good practices from around the world.

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