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School of Law

International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic at SOAS was launched in the academic session 2007-2008; this current year is the seventh time it has run (hence, Clinic 7). 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. For SOAS students, the clinic aims to provide a dynamic and critical environment in which to engage with advocacy strategies and the tensions of the theory and practice of human rights, and simultaneously to provide the opportunity to contribute to the work of the international human rights movement through practical work with cases, policy analysis, and research briefs. 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.

Because the project work is an assessed component of the course (see International Human Rights Clinic Introduction 2015-16 for more details) and is an integral part of the Clinic, it is not possible for students to take the Clinic as the dissertation component of the SOAS LLM. For the same reasons, the Clinic is not open to those auditing from other courses.

Student numbers in the Clinic are limited (usually to 15-18 places). Pre-registration on this course is provisional and does not guarantee you a place in the Clinic if there is greater demand than there are places. Students wishing to join Clinic 7 as part of their postgraduate degree programme in 2015-16 should attend the first class of term. If the number of students wishing to take the course exceeds the available capacity, students will be asked to provide a written statement in support of their application to take this course. Forms on which to make this statement will be made available after the first class of term on Thursday 1st October. The forms must be submitted to the course convenor by 9.00 the following morning (Friday 2nd). The course convenor will notify you by email as to whether or not you are able to register for this course by 14.00 on Friday 2nd.