Global Justice Clinic

Professor Margaret Satterthwaite speaks alongside colleagues Josue Augusma (KJM) and Camille Chalmers (PAPDA) at a press conference in Port-au-Prince: “Haitian Communities Excluded While the Gold Mining Sector Develops” (July 11, 2014)

Professor Margaret Satterthwaite speaks alongside colleagues Josue Augusma (KJM) and Camille Chalmers (PAPDA) at a press conference in Port-au-Prince: “Haitian Communities Excluded While the Gold Mining Sector Develops” (July 11, 2014)

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; human rights, national security, and counter-terrorism; 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.

The Global Justice Clinic is taught by Professor Margaret Satterthwaite and Nikki Reisch.

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.

 

PROJECTS

GJC projects past and present have been grouped under the following themes. Please follow the links below to find out more about each project.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Information

National Security, Counter-terrorism, and Human Rights