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School of Law

International human rights clinic

Course Code:
15PLAC145
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

The Clinic aims to encourage an engaged ‘critical consciousness’ that reflects on and works within the trans-national intersection of law, rights and social justice on briefs submitted by partners in the UK and internationally. The Clinic is offered within the LLM (specialist subject grouping: Human Rights, Conflict and Justice) and the MA programmes ‘Human Rights’ and ‘International and Comparative Legal Studies’. Students participating are normally expected to have a familiarity with international law / human rights law, or to be acquiring such familiarity through other School of Law courses during their degree (notably, Foundations of International Law, International Protection of Human Rights). The Clinic is structured around weekly seminars and ongoing project work. 

THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ON-LINE REGISTRATION.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • To have an understanding of the rigours and challenges involved in international human rights practice and be equipped to research and write on this area
  • To understand the dynamics of team work
  • To be able to conduct research, individually and in teams, on case-specific themes and country situations, through a variety of media and sources, including web-based resources
  • To understand, and be able to analyse, the application of international human rights instruments in and to specific situations
  • To be able to reflect constructively on the dynamics involved in building and sustaining relationships with partners in a variety of countries and situations

Particular focuses are likely to develop from the nature of the project work engaged in by individual students. Students who work with the International Human Rights Clinic are critical to the development of the Clinic at SOAS, its approaches to project work and the strengthening of the Clinic’s contribution to the human rights efforts of its partners.

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 40% (4000 words) and 60% (6000 words)

Suggested reading

  • American Society of International Law Proceedings 2010 (ASIL Proceedings 2010) “Teaching International Law: Lessons from Clinical Education”  pp.87-101.

  • Carillo, Arturo J., ‘Bringing International law home: The Innovative Role of Human Rights Clinics in the Transnational Legal Process,’ 35 Colum H. Rts. L. Rev. 527 2003-2004
  • Dudai, Ron, ‘Introduction – Rights Choices: Dilemmas of human rights practice’, 6(3) Journal of Human Rights Practice 2014 pp.389-98.

  • Hurwitz, Deena, ‘Lawyering for Justice and Inevitability of International Human Rights Clinics’ 28 Yale Journal of International Law 2003 pp.505-550

  • Rosenblum, Peter, ‘Teaching Human Rights: Ambivalent Activism, Multiple Discourses and Lingering Dilemmas’ 15 Harvard Human Rights Journal 301 2002 pp.301-315.