IHRC students Brendan Sweeney’18 (first from the right) and Arwa Al Ali’18 (fifth from the left) with members of the Greek Refugee Council in Athens in March 2017.

Advocate for Human Rights around the World.

Work for global and regional human rights while representing non-governmental organizations and group clients from all parts of the world. Learn about treaties, policies, and other legal mechanisms for implementing and enforcing international human rights and humanitarian law.

In the International Human Rights Clinic, students:

  • represent international NGO’s, through research and advocacy, and drafting submissions to the UN Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, and the 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 US domestic courts;
  • handle appeals in refugee and international human rights cases;
  • participate in universal jurisdiction claims in the US and other courts;
  • partner with various organizations in working on humanitarian cases.


The International Human Rights Clinic is a two-semester commitment. Students earn 6 graded credits for the clinic fieldwork that spans two semesters. Clinic students also take 2 seminar courses: International Human Rights (fall; 3 graded credits); and Int’l Human Rights Advocacy (spring; 3 graded credits).

Fall Classes

Spring Classes

Course Prerequisites

If you have not already done so, you must take International Human Rights (S): Law JD 991 during the first semester of clinic participation.


The clinic fieldwork is supervised by Professor Susan Akram. Professor Akram also teaches the two required seminar classes.

Recent Clinic Advocacy Work




Clinic Projects

International Human Rights Clinic students have worked with civil society organizations on issues spanning the globe. Watch videos of past Clinic projects in Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

Support our work!

Supporting the International Human Rights Clinic has an immediate impact on our students and on the vulnerable communities they represent. Even a small gift can make an enormous difference. To support the Program, click here and write “International Human Rights Clinic” in the “Other” field.

For more information about giving, please contact Zachary Dubin, Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations.

Student Testimonials