Law 717 - International Human Rights Clinic

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

E. Achiume J. Berra T. Schneider


General Course Description:

The International Human Rights Clinic requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients.  It has two components: clinical projects and a seminar. In groups of two to four students, clinic participants will collaborate with international human rights and other partner organizations on a variety of projects. By working with partner organizations to achieve their legal and advocacy goals, students will gain firsthand experience with international human rights lawyering and develop important skills in this regard. The seminar will provide the theoretical counterpart to students’ practical work. Through several modules, this seminar will map the field of international human rights advocacy; introduce students to some of the most contentious debates surrounding the theory and practice of international human rights law; provide students with the tools they will need to identify and address ethical concerns in the practice of international human rights law; and sharpen lawyering skills relevant to their clinic projects. Enrollment is limited and admission to the clinic is by application. A demonstrated background in international human rights law is required. 

Projects for the Fall semester will be developed with our partners and clients, but will likely build on past Clinic work. Each project will be a collaboration between the Clinic and a partner organization committed to advancing international human rights either here in the United States or abroad. Past Clinic projects have included work with human rights activists in Latin America and litigation in the Inter-American Human Rights System; work with Native American and Indigenous peoples’ organizations in the U.S. and Latin America under international treaties and instruments on the rights of Indigenous peoples; and work with domestic organizations on immigrant rights and the rights of incarcerated people from a human rights framework.

There will be no international travel in the Fall Clinic.  However, professor Berra has a proposal to take students to Honduras during the 2018 January term for an IHRC International Field Experience that is pending approval.  The International Field Experience will be offered by the Promise Institute for Human Rights, and will involve work with Clinic partners in Honduras.  Students who have taken the IHRC will be given preference in the selection process for the International Field Experience.
Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Joseph Berra 17F 717 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 26, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/14/2017.
E. Tendayi Achiume / Todd Schneider 18S 717 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Early drop deadline: December 22, 4:00 pm. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline 12:00 noon, October 20. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
E. Tendayi Achiume / Joseph Berra 16S 717 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Enrollment determined through experiential course registration process conducted last summer.
E. Tendayi Achiume / Joseph Berra 16F 717 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process ; deadline June 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Joseph Berra 17S 717 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU