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International Human Rights Clinic: Clinical Teaching Fellowship

The International Human Rights Clinic

The IHRC represents primarily non-citizen clients in a variety of litigation and advocacy matters. These include challenges to the legality of detention in U.S.-operated prison facilities (including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Bagram, Afghanistan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); lawsuits seeking electoral reform, greater land rights, and compensation for cultural expropriations; and political asylum applications for former U.S. detainees and political prisoners seeking refuge in third countries. The IHRC also works with both domestic and foreign NGOs to conduct legal advocacy on behalf of the victims of human rights violations and human rights defenders in a number of countries around the world, assists with legislative advocacy on humanitarian and human rights issues, and works with grassroots and community-based groups on local economic development projects.

Additionally, the IHRC is in the process of developing an overseas international human rights clinic to be sited in Namibia, South Africa in the spring of 2008. The clinic will consist of nine weeks of in-class teaching during the spring semester and five weeks of work in country working under the auspices of the University of Namibia Law School, the Human Rights and Documentation Centre, and the Namibian Ministry of Justice.

The Fellowship

The IHRC fellowship will allow a lawyer to spend a year honing skills in public-interest lawyering and clinical teaching, with the expectation that at the end of the year-long program, the fellow will be well-situated to secure a position in one of those fields. Fellows in the Clinic are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Stanford faculty at large. Fellows are invited to attend the weekly faculty workshops at which scholars from within Stanford and from throughout the world present works in progress. Fellows will also participate in workshops geared toward clinical teaching in particular. Given the full-time demands of the work supervising students and representing clients, however, fellows should not expect to have time during working hours to engage in their own independent scholarly research and writing.

The Application Process

The International Human Rights Clinic is currently not accepting fellowship applications. Please check back in summer 2010 for more information.