Human Rights Law Clinic

The Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) offers through its Human Rights Law Clinic the unique opportunity for students to work with 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

Founded in 2009, the Human Rights Law Clinic integrates students into the HRIC's work and helps them acquire knowledge and experience in international human rights law and practice. Each year the HRIC appoints around seventy members to the clinic. Being appointed as a member of the clinic is a fantastic opportunity to work with the Centre.

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, the African Commission's Committee on Prevention of Torture and Lawyers for Justice in Libya.

Our research

The Human Rights Law Clinic enables students to provide pro-bono legal research assistance to organisations working on human rights legal issues.

Each team works on a project, all of which are international in scope, yet also have an impact at the regional and local levels.

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. It is the role of the team leader (a student) to liaise directly with the partner organisations throughout the research and to ensure that all the final outputs are of the highest quality.

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.

Applying to the clinic

Clinic members are appointed in October each year, following a competitive application process. Applications to join the clinic will open again end September 2018. New projects will start in November.

Please note that membership of the Human Rights Law Clinic is only open to students registered in the University of Bristol Law School for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Students must have undertaken or be currently undertaking one of the following modules in Human Rights or International Law:

LLM:

  • International Law and Human Rights
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Individual Employment Rights
  • International Law of Labour and Social Rights
  • Migration Law and Policy - International, European and Human Rights Dimensions
  • General Principles of International Law
  • African Human Rights Systems
  • Human Rights in Law, Politics and Society

LLB:

  • Human Rights in Law Politics and Society
  • General Principles of International Law
  • International Child Law
  • British Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship Law

Eligible modules for students on a two-year master’s programme are the same as those for undergraduate (LLB). However, if students on the MA or any other programme have human rights experience from previous degrees or work, they are encouraged to apply and should outline this in their application.

Outputs

Our students have been involved in a project on 'Flag State Research', in collaboration with the UK based charity Human Rights at Sea. They have written a report (link below), which explores the issue of human rights at sea, by examining flag states practice and how they comply with their domestic and international human rights obligations, aboard vessels registered under their flags.

HRAS_Bristol_Flag State Research Report (PDF, 6,775kB)  

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

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

Contact us

For any queries about eligibility or general enquires about the clinic please contact:

Suzanne Mills, Human Rights Implementation Centre Executive Assistant

Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40055
Email: suzanne.mills@bristol.ac.uk

University of Bristol Law School
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Bristol BS8 1HG