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

IHRC Clinic Students Conduct Interviews on Police Strategies in Managing Protests in England and Northern Ireland

The International Human Right Clinic (IHRC) students Eleni Christou (’19), Brittany McKinley (’19) and Aaron Tucek (’19) and faculty, Professor Claudia Flores and lecturer Nino Guruli, spent winter break conducting field research in the United Kingdom investigating British practices in policing of protests and public gatherings for a study compiling good practices from around the world.

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IHRC Collaborates with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) students Alli Hugi (’18), Eian Katz (’18) and Marcela Barba (’17) and faculty, Professor Claudia Flores and lecturer Nino Guruli, spent this last weekend in Florida, consulting and strategizing with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) on a current clinic study investigating violence against women in the Mexican agriculture industry. CIW is a worker-based human rights organization in Immokalee, Florida with a ground-breaking and successful model for protecting farmworkers from the worst human rights abuses.

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IHR Clinic Students Present to UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

IHR Clinic Students Nabihah Maqbool and Allison Hugi (Class of 2018) presented to the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights on our report on gender equality and prevention of violent extremism last friday, October 20. Their presentation took place at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

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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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