The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic is a Law School course that gives students firsthand experience in human rights advocacy under faculty supervision by Clinic Director Jim Silk, Clinical Professor of Law, and Hope Metcalf, Executive Director of the Schell Center and Clinical Lecturer in Law.
Named for human rights activist Allard K. Lowenstein, the clinic undertakes a wide variety of projects each term on behalf of human rights organizations and individual victims of human rights abuse. Projects are designed to:
Give students practical experience with the range of activities in which lawyers engage to promote respect for human rights
Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective human rights lawyers
Contribute to efforts to protect human rights through valuable assistance to appropriate organizations and individual clients
Class sessions provide an overview of basic human rights principles and their application, help students integrate the theory and practice of human rights, and provide training in human rights research, writing, and other advocacy skills. Each year the clinic has one or more student directors.