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.

* The call for applications is now closed. There will be an opportunity to apply for the clinic again in October 2022.

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.

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.

Further information

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

Advert-Human Rights Law Clinic 2021 2022 (Office document, 113kB)

Expectations for Students on the Human Rights Law Clinic 2021_22 (Office document, 108kB)


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)  

‘My experience at the HRLC will be useful in my aspiration to be a qualified solicitor in the English jurisdiction’

Samuel Oladiran, Human Rights Law Clinic (2020-21)

Contact Us

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

Paige Spicer
HRIC Executive Assistant
Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40055

University of Bristol Law School
8-10 Berkley Square
Bristol BS8 1HG

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