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

David Cole, National Legal Director of the ACLU, Delivers 2017 Kirshner Lecture at UChicago

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, David Cole, National Legal Director of the Americann Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), delivered the 2017 Robert H. Kirshner, MD Human Rights Memorial Lecture at the University of Chicago. 

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IHR Clinic Director Moderates Panel: "Abuse Behind Bars: Legal Efforts to End Rape in Prison"

"Abuse Behind Bars: Legal Efforts to End Rape in Prison"

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Judge of High Court of Botswana Promotes IHR Clinic Work in Letter to Editor

On April 12, 2017, Justice Key Dingake from the High Court of Botswana's letter to the editor of the Health and Human Rights Journal about the Nairobi Strategy on TB and Human Rights was published. The letter referenced Justice Dingake's recent keynote address at a consultation by the TB and Human Rights Consortium with support from USAID, held in Geneva, Switzerland during March as well as continued research with the International Human Rights Clinic.

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IHR Clinic Director Receives Alumni Trailblazer Award from Illinois Math and Science Academy

IMSA Board of Trustees honors 2017 alumni award recipients IMSA April 6, 2017

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Board of Trustees honored four Alumni at a ceremony March 30, 2017 in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to their fields of endeavor, to IMSA, and to the citizens of Illinois, our nation and the world.

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Salman Sufi, speaks on "Combatting Violence Against Women in Pakistan" at UChicago

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IHR Clinic Co-Signs Letter to Congress in Support of UN

The International Human Rights Clinic joins over 100 civil society organizations to urge Congress to support strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations.

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IHR Clinic, with ACLU and Other Groups, Ask for Emergency Hearing on the Muslim Ban from International Human Rights Body

The International Human Rights Clinic, the ACLU, and more than 40 other organizations jointly sent a letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding President Trump’s immigration executive order. The groups requested an emergency hearing on allegations that the executive order violates U.S. commitments under the charter of the Organization of American States and the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man.

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