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


old cairoSyrian Refugee Project

BU Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, conducted a two-year research project focusing on the legal issues and problems that are creating barriers to relief and protection for refugees fleeing Syria. The project culminated in clinical students’ taking trips to Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan to assess conditions in these countries. Read about three students' experiences below: