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International Human Rights Clinic I (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-849
  • Class Number: 03603
  • Instructor: Hannah Garry

Course Description

In the International Human Rights Clinic, students engage, pro bono, in real-life cases and projects addressing some of the most serious human rights issues of concern today, at home and abroad. Under the close supervision and instruction of Professor Garry, students learn the substantive law and develop the international lawyering and human rights advocacy skills required for effectively engaging in the work.

The cases and projects are often undertaken in partnership with individual advocates or organizations involved in human rights related work such as: international and regional organizations; international courts and tribunals; non-governmental organizations or non-profit groups; academic institutions; think tanks; and law firms. As such, the Clinic provides substantial support to the critical work of the global human rights movement.

To get more of a sense of the Clinic, or to find out who are the current Clinic students to talk to, please visit the website at: and check out the USC International Human Rights Clinic on Facebook. 

The Clinic includes a seminar component in which the class meets once a week for two hours to learn the substantive law, skills and rules of ethics and professional responsibility for engaging in the Clinic’s cases and projects. Students will also: be exposed to the various litigation and non-litigation strategies for conducting human rights advocacy; lead class discussions on their cases/projects for group problem-solving and feedback; reflect on their human rights lawyering experience in a structured context; and engage in critical examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the global human rights movement.


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 5
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 106
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 8 students