I was able to use my clinic experience as examples and stories in interviews to showcase my skills and talk about interesting topics. It helped me grow as a human rights advocate.
— Alizeh Bhojani, J.D./LL.M.

About the International Human Rights Clinic

Through creative strategies, students help individuals, indigenous communities and civil society organizations to use international human rights mechanisms. The clinic refines and promotes essential human rights standards for corporations. Throughout the course, students develop critical legal skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, media advocacy, legal research and brief drafting.

Projects

The clinic is currently working on different projects involving the use of international human rights mechanisms to protect vulnerable populations in Washington State and around the world. Students have also recently worked on briefs, letters, claims and other documents in international cases and reports.

Student work is aimed at:

  • Defending the right to free, prior and informed consent to protect indigenous peoples lands (Mexico and Honduras)
  • Protecting the right not to be arbitrarily detained and inhumanely held in immigration detention centers run by private corporations (Northwest Tacoma Detention Center)
  • Developing the international state duty to protect and respect human rights in the context of using public purchasing power (Washington)
  • Promoting corporations international responsibilities and obligations regarding human rights' impacts on the communities they operate

Related Publications

Alejandra Gonza and Thomas Antkowiak, The American Convention on Human Rights: Essential Rights. (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2017).

Alejandra Gonza, 'Integrating Business and Human Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System' in the Business and Human Rights Journal, Cambridge University Press (2016).