International Human Rights Clinic

Students in the IHR Clinic are introduced to the professional practice of law in the cross-cultural context of international human rights advocacy. They bridge theory and practice by working on live case projects that address a range of contemporary issues in the human rights field. Many clinic students engage in research and advocacy on leading international human rights issues. Other student-attorneys partner with experienced lawyers engaged in human rights-based litigation or advocacy to provide pro bono legal services to victims of such abuses in the United States and abroad. In a few cases, students may represent clients directly in litigation or related advocacy matters.​

IHR Clinic Students are immersed in the practice of international human rights law and advocacy. They are responsible for carrying out a wide range of professional activities under close faculty supervision. Most student-attorneys engage in research and advocacy projects designed to promote human rights through innovative engagement with cutting-edge issues in international law. One area of primary focus is the intersection of information and communication technology (ICT) and international human rights law. On the one hand, students explore the human rights implications of the operations of Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Mozilla. On the other, they participate in a new clinical project addressing violence against women online, which involves devising legal and non-legal strategies to counter cyber-stalking and harassment. Another area of intense research revolves around the UN International Law Commission’s drafting of a new crimes against humanity (CAH) convention. Through guided legal research and writing, students actively support the work of Professor Sean Murphy, ILC Rapporteur for CAH, who is spearheading this initiative. Finally, students in the IHR Clinic participate in a semester-long client simulation designed to develop client interviewing and counseling skills.

The George Washington University Law School
International Human Rights Clinic
2000 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics were founded in 1971, and were dedicated in 1991 to acknowledge the generous support of Jacob Burns (LL.B. '24, LL.D. '70). Burns was renowned for his philanthropy, through which he "contributed significantly to the expanding boundaries of knowledge," and left an enduring legacy that improves the lives of many today.




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