J.D. Program

International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic is part of BU Law's expanded practicum of offerings in international human rights that includes the Semester-in-Practice Program in Geneva and international pro bono project trips.

The Clinic develops and expands on human rights projects, giving students the opportunity to:

  • Represent international NGO’s in advocacy in the UN Human Rights Council, treaty bodies, and regional human rights organs (in the American, African, and European human rights systems)
  • File briefs and amicus briefs on international human rights law issues in U.S. domestic courts
  • Participate in universal jurisdiction claims in the U.S. and other courts
  • Handle appeals in refugee and international human rights cases
  • Partner with domestic and international non-governmental organizations on Guantanamo cases, habeas cases, and the Alien Tort Claims Act
  • Work in partnership with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, focusing on health and human rights aspects of humanitarian cases