Friday, March 13, 2015


Lowenstein Clinic and European Human Rights Advocacy Clinic Collaborating on Research

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) at Middlesex University in London are collaborating in research on human rights abuses in the Ukraine. Yale Law School students under the supervision of Professor James Silk are investigating events in eastern Ukraine in support of cases EHRAC is presenting to the European Court of Human Rights.

The cases, which have been brought against both Russia and Ukraine in partnership with the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, concern individuals who were detained and ill-treated in eastern Ukraine for several months in 2014.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the students in the Human Rights Clinic at Yale,” said Professor Silk, Clinical Professor of Law. “By collaborating with EHRAC on its important efforts to secure justice at the European Court of Human Rights for people who have suffered serious abuses, they are having an extraordinary learning experience."

The students carrying out the research include Lizzie Chan ’15 LLM, Claire Kim ’17, Anna Diakun ’15, and Leslie Esbrook ’15.

The Lowenstein Clinic is a Law School course that gives students firsthand experience in human rights advocacy under faculty supervision by Clinic Director Jim Silk; Hope Metcalf, Executive Director of the Schell Center and Clinical Lecturer in Law; and Soo-Ryun Kwon, Cover-Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights.

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.

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at Middlesex University assists non-governmental organizations and lawyers in Russia, the South Caucasus, and Ukraine in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Its mission is to support the long-term sustainability of the local human rights communities by strengthening their capacity to litigate effectively and strategically.