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Brian Citro : Courses and Seminars

International Human Rights Clinic
LAWS 90225
(++, A, SKLL, CLN)The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with clients and organizational partners through advocacy campaigns, research and litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals. Working in project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research, legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarter breaks. In the Fall, new students must enroll in the International Human Rights Law and Advocacy seminar. The seminar is designed to provide a technical and practice-based foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights. In addition, students are encouraged, but not required, to take courses in international human rights law, public international law and constitutional law. Students may enroll for up to three credits a quarter. New students should plan to take the clinic for a minimum of two quarters for two credits each quarter. Returning students may enroll for one credit a quarter and need not enroll in the seminar.
Autumn 2016
Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
International Human Rights Law and Advocacy
LAWS 53328
(SKLL, BID, SEM)This seminar considers major issues in international human rights law and advocacy. It is designed to introduce students to the promotion and protection of human rights through context-driven advocacy mechanisms and strategies. The seminar will provide an introduction to the history of human rights principles and movements, the development of international human rights norms, and an overview of the international, regional and national institutions that develop, interpret and enforce these norms. The remainder of the seminar will evaluate human rights advocacy tools and strategies applied in various political, social and economic contexts. Through case studies and simulated human rights research and advocacy projects, students will develop the skills to conduct international human rights work, including: performing situational assessments; designing and executing field-work and fact-gathering; report writing; interviewing witnesses and victims of abuses; assessing various litigation and non-litigation strategies; conducting effective legal research using diverse sources; developing cross-cultural and context-driven analysis and advocacy skills; and learning to effectively and realistically evaluate achievements and challenges. Class discussions and readings will expose students to critical perspectives on the international human rights regime, as well as current research methodologies and technologies used to monitor and promote human rights. Grading will be based on class participation, simulations and a series of short assignments.
Autumn 2016
Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
International Human Rights Clinic
LAWS 90225
(++, A, SKLL, CLN)The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with clients and organizational partners through advocacy campaigns, research and litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals. Working in project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research, legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarter breaks. In the Fall, new students must enroll in the International Human Rights Law and Advocacy seminar. The seminar is designed to provide a technical and practice-based foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights. In addition, students are encouraged, but not required, to take courses in international human rights law, public international law and constitutional law. Students may enroll for up to three credits a quarter. New students should plan to take the clinic for a minimum of two quarters for two credits each quarter. Returning students may enroll for one credit a quarter and need not enroll in the seminar.
Spring 2017
Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
International Human Rights Clinic
LAWS 90225
(++, A, SKLL, CLN)The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with clients and organizational partners through advocacy campaigns, research and litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals. Working in project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research, legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarter breaks. In the Fall, new students must enroll in the International Human Rights Law and Advocacy seminar. The seminar is designed to provide a technical and practice-based foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights. In addition, students are encouraged, but not required, to take courses in international human rights law, public international law and constitutional law. Students may enroll for up to three credits a quarter. New students should plan to take the clinic for a minimum of two quarters for two credits each quarter. Returning students may enroll for one credit a quarter and need not enroll in the seminar.
Winter 2017
Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores