International Human Rights Field Placement and Seminar
The seminar considers various responses of the law, including international human rights law, to historical and contemporary human rights violations. It also encompasses a comparative study of enforcement under various domestic legal systems, ranging from the role of investigation and fact-finding to individual criminal sanctions, and individual and collective civil sanctions and remedies. Through the field placements, presentations, and papers, students gain an opportunity to bring theoretical materials about the law’s role together with prevailing practices. Field Placements include international human rights organizations, public interest organizations, firms, and foundations working in the area of international human rights. Students should expect to devote at least ten hours per week to their placements, meet with supervising faculty and placement mentor, attend and participate in the seminar, and produce a paper or other substantial written project. Students must apply to this course and admission is contingent upon an interview and selection process.
This upper-level offering is a two-course combination that explores various uses of the law and conceptions of justice in the area of international human rights. The seminar covers substantive law in the practice area and the workshop is a supervised placement with an international human rights organizations, public interest organizations, firms, and foundations working in the area of international human rights. The Field Placement is supervised by a mentor attorney.
Note: A student may be admitted to the two-hour seminar without undertaking the field placement only with the permission of the instructor.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Academics section of the NYLS Portal under Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning.
4 Credits (2 credits for the graded seminar, 2 credits for the (pass/fail) placement)