The Global Justice Clinic engages in work to prevent, challenge, and redress rights violations in situations of global inequality.
Working on cases and projects that involve cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights investigation, advocacy, and litigation in domestic and international settings. Serving as legal advisers, counsel, co-counsel, or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world. The Global Justice Clinic endeavors to carry out its work in a rights-based manner and uses methods from across the disciplines.
Fieldwork consists of projects undertaken for or in collaboration with individual clients, human rights organizations in the United States and abroad, and intergovernmental human rights experts and bodies (including the United Nations). Fieldwork focuses on issues related to global injustice such as: economic and social rights such as the right to health and the right to water; human rights, national security, and counter-terrorism; transnational corporate accountability; human rights and the environment; and the human rights of marginalized groups. These projects give students an opportunity to find their role alongside collaborative partners in formulating policy, conducting research, and strategizing legal responses to challenging human rights problems.
The seminar critically examines the human rights field, while also teaching the core skills of human rights work, including fact-finding, interviewing, advocacy, litigation, and evaluation. Students also address questions of ethical, political and professional responsibility related to human rights work.
For more information on the Clinic and application instructions, please visit our site on NYU School of Law’s website.
Click here for the Spring 2015 syllabus. The syllabus for fall 2015 will be made available at the start of the semester.
GJC projects past and present have been grouped under the following themes. Please follow the links below to find out more about each project.
- Preventing Violations and Advancing Rights in Haiti’s Emerging Mining Sector
- The Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
- Gender-based Violence and Economic and Social Rights in Haiti
- The Right to Food in Haiti
- Lethal Robotics, Drones, and Targeted Killings
- Gender, National Security, and Counter-terrorism
- CIA Rendition, Secret Detention, and Torture