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Fall 2021

Course Description
The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the U.S. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, domestic law and policy, and multidimensional strategies, such as community organizing, political activism, and global networking, to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic’s work is primarily policy-oriented and focuses on the development of human rights advocacy campaigns, documentation projects, legislative advocacy, report-writing, and research in collaboration with organizational partners. The Clinic also represents clients in litigation before international, foreign, and domestic tribunals. The Clinic’s focus areas include gender justice (with a particular focus on gender violence), racial justice, and immigrants’ rights. Working in case/project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research (legal and non-legal, international and domestic), legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking. Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, the use of interdisciplinary methodologies for documenting and responding to human rights violations, and the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects, usually during break periods. The Clinic is being offered at 6 credits in Spring 2018, and students may have the opportunity to take the Clinic in Summer and/or Fall 2018 for 3-4 credits per semester. Students must submit an application to enroll in the Clinic. Information sessions will be offered and applications will be accepted in Fall 2017.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   TR  11:00 AM-12:20 PM E265

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 6
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
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Special Attributes: None
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Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Health Law (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
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First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Assignment: 1. Please think about a “human rights moment” in your lives: an experience in your life that brought human rights home for you personally. This could be an encounter you had with an individual or community; an experience you had with people you know, or with strangers; something you studied in school that had an impact on you; a story you read/heard about that resonated for you; or anything else. Be prepared to briefly describe it as we go around the room with introductions and share what draws you to the Clinic and human rights work. 2. As you read these materials, please consider the following questions: • How did you respond, viscerally and intellectually, to Rob Robinson’s interview and video remarks? • What was most interesting to you in the Special Rapporteur’s report? Most surprising? What, if anything, did you learn about the United States? • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the issues highlighted by the report? • What did you think about the framing of these issues as human rights concerns? What, if anything, do you think the law, language, ideas, methods, or processes of international human rights add? • How might advocates build on the Special Rapporteur’s visit and report? The US human rights movement(s) referenced in the readings? • What, if anything, have you seen as hopeful in reading the reports or in the events of the last few months?

    1. US Human Rights Network, UDHR Campaign 2015: Rob Robinson, (watch first video)
    2. Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Prof. Philip Alston, on his mission to the USA, June-July 2018.
    3. Ed Pinkington, “Nikki Haley Attacks Damning UN report on US Poverty under Trump,” The Guardian (June 21, 2018).
    4. “Miami Law Human Rights Clinic Submits Four Reports to the United Nations Alleging Violations in the U.S.”

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