Law students Priscilla Bowens (left) and Eilidh Reid (right) at the United Nations in Geneva while traveling for the Human Rights Clinic in May 2016.

Human Rights Clinic

The Human Rights Clinic brings together an interdisciplinary group of law and graduate students in a course that incorporates both classroom study and hands-on participation in human rights projects and cases.

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Cases and Projects

Rights of Transgender Persons in Texas

The Human Rights Clinic collaborated with the Austin Community Law Center and Trans Pride Initiative to address the harms that transgender incarcerated people face within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Texas Family Code 45.103 restricts the ability of incarcerated persons from changing their name. The Clinic sent surveys to 300+ transgender incarcerated persons to gather data on the harm that this code causes. The surveys compiled extensive personal testimony detailing the feelings of mental harm and gender dysphoria transgender incarcerated persons suffer daily. The Clinic and its partners wrote a report describing how the current Code harms and violates the human rights of transgender incarcerated persons, and made recommendations calling for Texas to comply with international human rights law by repealing or amending this Code.

Promoting the Development of the Right to Memory

The Clinic, together with the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, developed, at the request of Memoria Abierta, a project to strengthen the work of the inter-American and other human rights systems on the right to memory for serious human rights violations. During 2018, the work focused on the preparation of an annotated version of the Fundamental Principles for Public Policies on Memory Sites developed by the Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR (IPPDH).


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