Law 717 - International Human Rights Clinic

E. Tendayi Achiume

E. Tendayi Achiume

Assistant Professor of Law
B.A. Yale University, 2005
J.D. Yale Law School, 2008
UCLA Faculty Since 2014
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 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 to 8 students and admission to the clinic is by application. A demonstrated background in international human rights law is required. International travel is not guaranteed.