Human Rights Law Clinic

The Human Rights Law Clinic is a programme designed to involve students in projects aimed at supporting the work of international, regional and national organisations engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights law. Being involved with the clinic is of tremendous benefit to both students and partners.

About us

The Human Rights Implementation Centre runs a Human Rights Law Clinic, which enables students to provide pro-bono legal research assistance to organisations working on human rights legal issues.

Founded in 2009, the clinic integrates students into the Law School's Human Rights Implementation Centre’s work and helps students acquire knowledge and experience in international human rights law and practice.

In 2017 seventy students have been working across six teams, lead by a student team leader (pictured above) conducting comprehensive, high-quality research that meets the requirements of the partner organisations working with the clinic.

Our partners

Members of the clinic are allocated to teams, overseen by a Student Team Leader. The teams work with partners such as Human Rights at Sea and Lawyers for Justice in Libya and have in the past included the Open Society Justice Initiative, MASUM (India) and Redress (London).

Our research

Each team works on a projects, all of which are international in scope, yet also have an impact at the regional and local levels. Projects that students have worked on include:

  • the protection of the right of assembly
  • the right to freedom of speech
  • the right to information
  • the right to life (and protection from extra-judicial killings)
  • torture prevention
  • the use of interim measures by international and regional human rights bodies
  • and the production of case digests

By the end of their time on the clinic the students will have produced a series of high-quality reports, each of which will provide partners with crucial, up-to-date research that will feed directly into ongoing litigation and policy drafting, as well as informing future projects.

If you would like to learn more about the work of clinic, read this news article where you can hear from students and partners who have worked with the clinic.

Interacting directly with a partner organisation has given me a confidence and understanding of the professional world of human rights law, in a way I can't get simply through my academic studies.

Christopher Gray, Student Team Leader, Human Rights Law Clinic (2017/18)

Further information

For further information on how to apply to become a member of the clinic and eligibility requirements, please refer to the following documents:

Please note the call for applications is now closed, we will be advertising again for new members in October 2018. 

Contact us

To find out how you can get involved please contact the Human Rights Law Clinic Administrator Suzanne Mills:

Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40055

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