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

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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Claudia Flores Named Director of International Human Rights Clinic

Claudia Flores is a litigator who has served as a legal advisor for the United Nations in Zimbabwe and East Timor, and has spent nearly her entire career advocating on behalf of the world’s neediest people. Now, she is bringing her broad experience to the Law School as an Assistant Clinical Professor and the new Director of the International Human Rights Clinic.

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IHR Clinic Releases Videos from Delhi TB Conference

Videos from the IHR Clinic's December 2014 conference in Delhi, "Developing a Rights-Based Approach to TB," are now available on the IHR Clinic website. The clinic co-hosted the conference with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The videos feature experts from around the world discussing ways in which human rights, and the right to health in particular, can be used as tools to promote greater access to quality testing and treatment for TB and to protect the rights of people with disease. The videos are described below:

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IHR Clinic Leads Effort to Incorporate Human Rights into New Global Plan to Stop TB

The IHR Clinic, in coordination with the Treatment Action Group, Aids & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, the Lawyers Collective, the Kenya Ethical and Legal Issue Network for HIV & AIDS, and the Global Coalition of TB Activists, submitted a letter to the Stop TB Partnership last week, calling on the Partnership to more fully integrate a human rights-based approach into its Global Action Plan To Stop TB 2016-2020.

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