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 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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IHR Clinic Director Receives Alumni Trailblazer Award from Illinois Math and Science Academy

IMSA Board of Trustees honors 2017 alumni award recipients IMSA April 6, 2017

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Board of Trustees honored four Alumni at a ceremony March 30, 2017 in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to their fields of endeavor, to IMSA, and to the citizens of Illinois, our nation and the world.

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IHR Clinic Co-Signs Letter to Congress in Support of UN

The International Human Rights Clinic joins over 100 civil society organizations to urge Congress to support strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations.

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IHR Clinic, with ACLU and Other Groups, Ask for Emergency Hearing on the Muslim Ban from International Human Rights Body

The International Human Rights Clinic, the ACLU, and more than 40 other organizations jointly sent a letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding President Trump’s immigration executive order. The groups requested an emergency hearing on allegations that the executive order violates U.S. commitments under the charter of the Organization of American States and the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man.

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Job Posting - International Human Rights Clinic Fellowship

The University of Chicago Law School is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position training and supervising law students as a Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer, in the Law School's International Human Rights (IHR) Clinic. This position is for the 2017-18 academic year and is expected to begin on August 1, 2017. The appointment is for 12 months; re-appointment for a second term may be possible.

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WHO DG Candidates Respond to IHR Clinic Letter Urging for Global R&D Agreement

In December 2016, the IHR Clinic was among 18 civil society organisations that published an open letter in the medical journal Lancet Global Health, calling on the 6 candidates for Director-General of the World Health Organization to set out plans to take forward work on implementing the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation

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IHR Clinic Co-Signs Letter to Attorney General Calling for Torture Accountability

December 9 marks the two-year anniversary of the release of the Executive Summary of the Senate Torture Report detailing some of the barbarity and brutality of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention program. The IHR Clinic, along with dozens of other groups, submitted a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking that she open an expanded and comprehensive investigation into the post-9/11 detention

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IHR Clinic Students Submit Comments to DOJ on National Use of Force Database

In October of 2016, the FBI announced a 2017 pilot project for collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide, creating a national database on deadly and non-fatal interactions between law enforcement and the public.

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IHR Clinic Urges WHO Director-General Candidates to Commit to Developing a Global R&D Agreement for Health Technologies

18 civil society organisations working in public health and access to medicines have today published an open letter in the medical journal Lancet Global Health, calling on the 6 candidates for Director-General of the World Health Organization to set out plans to take forward work on implementing the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

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IHR Clinic Student and Associate Director Present Webinar on TB and Torture to Physicians for Human Rights

More people die each year from TB than from any other infectious disease - 1.8 million deaths from TB in 2015 alone, and 10.6 million new TB cases in the same year. Despite these grave statistics, the human rights of people with TB are rarely acknowledged and even more rarely protected. This is especially true of people deprived of their liberty in prisons and other detention centers. The risk of active TB in prison is on average 23 times higher than in the general population.

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