The International Human Rights Law Practicum (IHRLP) is a full year
course which provides students with an opportunity to experience the
complex and varied approaches to human rights legal advocacy in an
international setting. Selected students are placed on a project
focused on an ongoing human rights violation. The course begins with an
introduction to foundational substantive law and an analysis of the
ongoing violation. Next students engage in work to further efforts to
bring state parties into compliance under international human rights law
to ensure the fundamental rights of local populations. This work
includes efforts to investigate human rights violations, to document
human rights violations, to create legal and policy recommendations and
to advocate to relevant governmental bodies. Through weekly seminars,
project assignments and possible travel, students gain a firm
understanding of the ways in which international human rights law is
implemented at both an international and domestic level. Students work
closely with grassroots human rights organizations, international NGOs,
U.N. human rights experts and relevant treaty bodies. Students are
expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week to the IHRLP in
addition to time in the classroom.
Those interested in applying for the 2014-2015 International
Human Rights Law Practicum will be required to submit an application by
Wednesday April 30, 2014.
- Application consists of:
- Letter of Interest; and
- Writing Sample.
- Applications should be submitted via email to Elisabeth Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Practicum Application” in the subject line.
- After reviewing the applications, Elisabeth Ward will contact applicants to set up a time for an interview.
- Interviews will be held between May 19 – May 30 (if you are
unavailable for an in-person interview, a phone interview can be
- Students will be informed of decisions by June 6, 2014.