The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of global justice. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms as well as other substantive law and strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works closely with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to design and implement projects, which 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.
The Clinic is directed by Professor Claudia Flores. Claudia Flores was previously advisor to the United Nations Development Program and UN Women in East Timor and Zimbabwe, managed a program to combat human trafficking in Indonesia, and worked as a staff attorney for the ACLU National Office.
The International Human Rights Clinic is an immersive learning experience: students engage directly with human rights issues and develop the critical legal analysis and advocacy skills necessary to become effective lawyers. Through the work of the Clinic and its students, we seek to support our partners in their efforts to achieve political, social and economic justice, around the world and in the United States.
Professor Claudia M. Flores
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.
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.
The Trump administration’s announcement of a zero-tolerance policy took many by surprise—but not human rights lawyer Claudia Flores. Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, Flores and students in the clinic this May published a report along with the ACLU detailing rampant abuse of migrant children from 2009-2014.
Flores previously advised the United Nations Development Program and UN Women in East Timor and Zimbabwe, managed a USAID-funded program to combat human trafficking in Indonesia, and worked at the ACLU's Women’s Rights Project.
Guruli completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, in comparative constitutional law and national security. While at Cambridge, Nino served as the executive committee member and co-chair of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project (CPP), where she supervised graduate students in legal work for the public interest.
In addition to the Clinic, the Law School offers a number of other opportunities for students interested in international human rights: