International Human Rights Clinic

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.

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.

Claudia M. Flores

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.

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.

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.

Immigration

Claudia Flores on the Big Brains Podcast: U.S. Immigration and Hidden Abuse

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.

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Publications

Reports, briefs, presentations, and more.

Claudia M. Flores

Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Associate Clinical Professor of Law

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.

Nino Guruli

International Human Rights Clinic Fellow, Lecturer in Law

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:

  • JD International Human Rights Summer Internship Program. Students participating in the IHR Program 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.