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

Argentina: the Right to Unionize

The Human Rights Clinic partnered with the Public Interest Clinic at University of Palermo Law School to advocate on behalf of prison guards who want to form a union in the province of Córdoba.  Such guards have petitioned the Inter-American Commission about their grievances. During the spring semester of 2016 Clinic students traveled to Washington DC to appear before the IACHR and submitted a brief which summarized the guards’ petition and argued in favor of expediting that petition.

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USA: Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons

Since 2007, at least fourteen inmates incarcerated in various TDCJ facilities across the state of Texas have died from extreme heat exposure while imprisoned. TDCJ inmates and many TDCJ personnel are exposed to dangerously high heat levels on a regular basis. This practice violates individuals’ human rights, particularly the rights to health, life, physical integrity, and dignity.

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USA: Freedom from Domestic Violence as a Human Right in Travis County and Austin, Texas

The Clinic, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Clinic, the Legislative Lawyering Clinic and the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force, is promoting the adoption of City of Austin Council and Travis County Resolutions on Freedom from Domestic Violence as a Human Right.

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