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 Director Claudia Flores on Worker's Rights in Myanmar

Helping US Investors Understand the Rights Challenges in Myanmar 

Aung ThuraMizzima News March 19, 2016

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 Claudia Flores 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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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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