Global Justice Clinic

Prof. Margaret Satterthwaite (R, CHRGJ/GJC) and Franndy Lesperance (Kolektif Jistis Min) discuss the human rights impacts of mining on the radio in Port-au-Prince Haiti, 2017

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.

Global Justice Clinic and community residents wade across a river in Northwest Haiti. November, 2014

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.

GJC Alum Etienne Chenier-Lafleche and Franndy Lesperance of Kolektif Jistis Min prepare for meetings with Haitian government officials. Port-au-Prince, 2014

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. Ellie Happel is staff attorney  and Haiti Project Director.

For more information on the Clinic and application instructions, please visit our site on NYU School of Law’s website.

Click here for the Fall 2016 syllabus.





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