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 Hosts TB & Human Rights 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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IHR Clinic Director on Worker's Rights in Myanmar

Efforts are being made to help US companies interested in investing in Myanmar to understand the ongoing challenges in terms of human rights in the country.

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IHR Clinic Associate Director Brian Citro presents to UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in Johannesburg, South Africa

March 16, 2016

In a recent public dialogue of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, public health advocates, academics, governments, and others presented in Johannesburg, South Africa on ways to address longstanding patterns of inaccessibility and a lack of innovation in the health technologies sector, including for medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.

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IHR Clinic Director Honored for Pro Bono Service

Justice Circle Honors Three Attorneys For Pro Bono Service

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless February 26, 2016

“Because they have nowhere to go and are trying to survive” homeless people on the street often face unjust arrest, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said during her remarks at Thursday’s Justice Circle reception.

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Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, "How the Inter-American Commission Responds to Human Rights Challenges in the Americas"

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Executive Secretary of the IACHR, joined students for a discussion about the IACHR’s role in promoting and protecting human rights in the Americas, highlighting recent hearings and investigations. The discourse was introduced and moderated by Professor Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic.

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The IHR Clinic submits comments to U.S. State Department on its Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma

The IHR Clinic recently submitted comments to the State Department recommending it maintain and improve its Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma. The State Department Reporting Requirements are aimed at ensuring U.S. investment is conducted in a transparent and accountable manner. Given Burma’s troubling history of human rights abuses, ensuring that such investment is done responsibly and abides by human rights standards is critical.

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IHR Clinic Director participates in panel on Civility, Free Speech, and the Learning Environment

In an honest discussion that highlighted the value of both compassionate and vigorous discourse, four members of the Law School faculty advanced a national conversation that has been widely cast as a tussle between the right to free speech on university campuses and the need to bolster efforts toward diversity and inclusion—and they began by questioning whether those goals are really at odds.

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Margaret Huang, "Human Rights at Home: Police Accountability, the Rights of Refugees and Mass Incarceration"

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IHR Clinic Joins a Coalition Letter to IL Governor to Accept Syrian Refugees

The IHR Clinic signed a coalition letter with 28 other refugee and immigration law experts, academic refugee and human rights experts, and refugee organizations and practitioners, requesting that Illinois Governor Rauner welcome Syrian refugees in Illinois. The letter was sent on November 19, 2015, and expresses support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

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