International Human Rights Clinic
The IHR Clinic's docket consists largely of human rights cases in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Claims Act and other federal statutes, or before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, some of which may implicate U.S. foreign relations law. For instance, the IHRC has worked on cases defending the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees in both fora. By adopting this focus, the IHR Clinic seeks to promote the progressive integration of international human rights standards into U.S. domestic legal practice, as well as to train a new generation of lawyers capable of using human rights to achieve increased levels of justice in the United States and abroad.
National Security Law Moot Court Competition
GW’s Moot Court Board sponsors the National Security Law Moot Court Competition, an interscholastic competition held every other year in Washington D.C. By competing in the nation's capital, students are be able to argue national security issues in front of distinguished panel of recognized experts in the field. Judges in the past have included Lloyd Cutler, former White House Counsel, William Webster, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The final round of the competition has been covered in the past by C-SPAN.
Several of GW’s more than 40 student organizations focus on issues relevant to the Program. The National Security Law Association (NSLA) works to educate future lawyers about national security issues and to provide a forum for discussion of such issues among students, practitioners, and faculty. NSLA regularly sponsors panel discussions, keynote speakers, and career networking events. The Military Law Society promotes scholarly discussion of military law, counter- terrorism, and related law topics, and builds social ties between interested students, the Law School, and the local community to promote professional development. The International Law Society (ILS) presents guest speakers, sponsors social functions, and promotes career development activities such as lunches with practitioners. Each year, ILS hosts International Law Week, which features professional and social activities including visits to the State Department and D.C. law firms, a career fair with international public agencies, speakers and panel discussions, and an embassy reception.