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 Clinic Associate Director co-writes article for Treatment Action Group's publication 'TAGline'

Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Brian Citro, and co-writer, Erica Lessem, have contributed a short piece to the fall 2016 issue of Treatment Action Group's publication TAGline

Read the full article, titled "Pharma’s Obligations Under the Right to Science", here.

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IHR Clinic Work Featured in One of Pakistan's National Newspapers

Foreign institution to help set up anti-violence centres

Published in Dawn, October 8th, 2016

LAHORE: The University of Chicago Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) will provide technical assistance to the Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (law and order) in establishing Violence Against Women Centres (VAWCs) in Punjab.

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IHR Clinic Associate Director Discusses Declining Global Access to Medicines on WBEZ

Brian Citro, Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Anand Grover  UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health (2008-14) appeared on WBEZ's Worldview on October 3 to discuss global access to medicines. They discussed the recent report from the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines and Grover's groundbreaking patent law litigation in India.

Listen to their interview here

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International Human Rights Clinic to Provide Technical Assistance in Implementation of Law Protecting Women in Pakistani Region

 

A team of students from the Law School's International Human Rights Clinic will be assisting the Punjab Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (Law and Order wing) in the successful implementation and evaluation of an innovative new law titled the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act (“the Act”) and its implementation mechanism, the Violence Against Women Centers. 

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The CHRC and Young Center publish Alternate Report under OPSC

The Center for Human Rights of Children and the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, have published an Alternative Report under the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children (OPSC), focusing on issues of labor trafficking and forced labor. 

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IHR Director Participates in International Seminar on Democracy, Gender Equality and the Constitution

On June 29-30, 2016, IHR Clinic Director Claudia Flores presented at an international symposium titled International Seminar on Democracy, Gender Equality and the Constitution: Towards a Responsible Constitution Drafting Process that Promotes Gender Equality in the Context of Sustainable Development. The symposium, which took place in Chile, was organized by the Chilean Ministry of Women and Gender Equity and UN Women.

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IHR Clinic Associate Director Participates in WHO Expert Consultation and Presents at TB 2016 in South Africa

IHR Clinic Associate Director and Clinical Lecturer in Law, Brian Citro, spoke at the TB 2016 conference held in Durban, South Africa on July 16-17, 2016. Citro’s presentation, titled “Developing a Rights-Based Approach to TB: Concepts, Case Law and Legislation,” called for a human rights-based approach to tuberculosis (TB) that prioritizes individual entitlements, individual freedoms and protections, and rights related to protection of people with TB.

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IHR Clinic Hosts TB & Human Rights Judicial Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

On June 24 and 25 the International Human Rights Clinic, in partnership with KELIN (Kenya), the Stop TB Partnership and the Judicial Training Institute of Kenya, hosted a judicial workshop titled Tuberculosis, Human Rights and the Law in Nairobi, Kenya. Building on a similar meeting held in New Delhi, India in 2015, the workshop brought together over 70 participants, including judges from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Malawi, India, Botswana, and Australia, as well as TB survivors, anthropologists, and legal, medical and public health experts from around the world.

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IHR Clinic Edits Special Section of Health and Human Rights Journal

Clinical Lecturer in Law Brian Citro, Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, is lead guest editor of a Special Section of the Health and Human Rights Journal on TB and the right to health, and co-author of the section’s Editorial.

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IHR Clinic Speaks on Human Rights Standards

The IHRC wants better-defined reporting requirements, which include details of what kind of policies and procedures firms must design to address how their operations affect things like human rights, that require US firms to disclose the identify of their local partners and that are available in Myanmar language.

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IHR Clinic Director Speaks to UofC Law Students Regarding Abortion Restrictions Abroad

Professor Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, discusses abortion restrictions abroad, including constitutional provisions for reproductive justice around the world, and the implications for signatories of international human rights instruments.

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IHR Clinic Student Featured on The Huffington Post

U.S. Business in Burma: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution

Burma is modernizing at a ceaseless pace. An enigma to foreigners for most of the latter half of the 20th century, Burma's rapidly expanding economy is quickly opening its doors to multinational investors.

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IHR Clinic Presents to UN Women

On 6 May, professors and students from the University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Milan, shared their experiences in utilizing UN Women's revised Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database (GECD) at a symposium co-hosted by UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

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Engaging the Human Side of Human Rights Work

Engaging the Human Side of Human Rights Work

May 2, 2016

On her first morning in Zimbabwe last month, Kaitlin Beck, ’17, still jetlagged from her 25-hour journey the day before, walked into a meeting with a prominent women’s rights activist and learned the things her textbooks hadn’t taught her.

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