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 Co-Signs Letter to Attorney General Calling for Torture Accountability

December 9 marks the two-year anniversary of the release of the Executive Summary of the Senate Torture Report detailing some of the barbarity and brutality of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention program. The IHR Clinic, along with dozens of other groups, submitted a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking that she open an expanded and comprehensive investigation into the post-9/11 detention

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IHR Clinic Students Submit Comments to DOJ on National Use of Force Database

In October of 2016, the FBI announced a 2017 pilot project for collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide, creating a national database on deadly and non-fatal interactions between law enforcement and the public.

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IHR Clinic Urges WHO Director-General Candidates to Commit to Developing a Global R&D Agreement for Health Technologies

18 civil society organisations working in public health and access to medicines have today published an open letter in the medical journal Lancet Global Health, calling on the 6 candidates for Director-General of the World Health Organization to set out plans to take forward work on implementing the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

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IHR Clinic Student and Associate Director Present Webinar on TB and Torture to Physicians for Human Rights

More people die each year from TB than from any other infectious disease - 1.8 million deaths from TB in 2015 alone, and 10.6 million new TB cases in the same year. Despite these grave statistics, the human rights of people with TB are rarely acknowledged and even more rarely protected. This is especially true of people deprived of their liberty in prisons and other detention centers. The risk of active TB in prison is on average 23 times higher than in the general population.

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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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