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.

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IHRC Students Work to Combat Violence against Female Farm Workers in Mexico

Becky Beaupre Gillespie May 9, 2018

The three Law School students who landed in Mexico City last March had spent months preparing for the fact-finding mission they hoped would help curb violence and discrimination against women in the Mexican agriculture industry.

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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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