Tag: Human Rights Clinic: Cases and Projects

  • The Clinic evaluated the Texas Bar Rules of Disciplinary Procedure in light of what guidance they provide to attorneys dealing with international human rights issues.  In particular, the Clinic compared and contrasted the Texas Bar Association’s rules with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  During fall 2017, the Clinic prepared a […]
  • The Human Rights Clinic has compiled a report based on analyzed witness testimonies from three U.S. federal trials. Between 2013 and 2016, Zeta members were put on trial in Austin, San Antonio, and Del Rio for crimes of homicide, conspiracy to import drugs and weapons, and money laundering. The report, titled “‘Control…Over the Entire State […]
  • The Clinic researched the capital punishment system in Texas, publishing a report detailing the chronic overuse of solitary confinement on Texas’ death rows by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC).  The report, titled “Designed to Break You: Human Rights Violations on Texas’ Death Rows,” details how TDCJ’s practice of holding prisoners in mandatory solitary […]
  • 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, […]
  • 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. On April 8, 2014 the Travis County Commission and on April 17, […]
  • Metal Huasi, a Foundry/Smelter company, operated in the town of Abra Pampa, Jujuy, in Northern Argentina, from the 1950s until 1986. There were three areas within the town where the smelting plant’s waste was deposited. Because of that, there are high levels of contamination and lead in the blood of Abra Pampa’s residents, particularly the […]
  • As part of the working group on Human Rights and the Border Wall, students wrote a memoexploring possible areas for human rights advocacy in front of the Inter-American Commissionon behalf of a coalition of border residents opposed to the construction of the wall between theU.S. and Mexico. In June 2008, the UT Working Group published […]
  • The report “Maximizing Justice, Minimizing Delay: Streamlining Procedures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights” is the result of two years of the Clinic’s work based on statistical analysis and interviews on the duration of the procedure of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. It contains a serious and profound diagnosis of the current backlog […]
  • Students worked on the issue of enforced disappearances. During different semesters Clinic students approached the problem from different perspectives, at times focusing on children, women, the situations in particular countries, or the operations of the Working Group. At times the Working Group has used materials prepared by the Human Rights Clinic about disappearances affecting children […]