Global Human Rights Clinic

“All I Want Is To Be Free”

Situation Report and Recommendations to Protect the Human Rights of Stateless People in U.S. Immigration Detention and Supervision

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Protecting human rights, advancing global justice

In partnership with human rights and civil rights organizations around the world, students conduct investigations, develop strategies, and advocate for human rights before international, national, and local decision makers and stakeholders.

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The Global Human Rights Clinic (GHRC) works alongside partners and communities to advance justice and address the inequalities and structural disparities that lead to human rights violations worldwide. The GHRC uses diverse tactics and interdisciplinary methods to tackle pressing and under-addressed human rights issues. The GHRC is constantly advancing the dual aims of advocating for important change around the world, and training the next generation of effective, ethical, creative lawyers. As part of this we seek to innovate and think not just about what the human rights field is, but what it could be and what it should be. The work of the GHRC varies but includes investigating and advancing accountability for mass atrocities and armed conflict, addressing the impacts of colonialism, advocating for equality and non-discrimination, and advancing socio-economic rights.

Student Experience

Students work in teams on specific projects and develop their international research, legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, collaboration, media advocacy, and strategic thinking skills. Additionally, students critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, as well as discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally, and develop new techniques to address human rights violations.

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Human Rights Work

From land disputes in Myanmar to girls' education in Zimbabwe, the Clinic works closely with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as individual clients on projects that advance human rights. Projects include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals as well as non-litigation projects that develop human rights law and strategies, document violations and raise public awareness.

Work History

Incarcerated workers generate billions of dollars worth of goods and services annually but are paid pennies per hour without proper training or opportunity to build skills for careers after release, according to a comprehensive nationwide report released today by the Law School’s Global Human Rights Clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union.


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Anjli Parrin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Global Human Rights Clinic

Madison Wilson

Legal Assistant

In addition to the Clinic, the Law School offers a number of other opportunities for students interested in international human rights:

  • JD International Human Rights Summer Internship Program. Students participating in the GHRC work abroad during the summer at international NGOs on human rights and other public interest law related issues and are eligible for guaranteed public interest funding.
  • International Immersion Program. Students in the immersion program have an opportunity to travel on a short term study trip to a foreign country during their breaks and learn about international and comparative law through seminars with legal scholars, meetings with professionals at law firms, businesses, international organizations, government institutions, and exchanges with alumni and local law students.
  • Human Rights Law Society. HRLS is a student organization dedicated to learning about and practicing international human rights law.