Students gain experience applying international human rights law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law working on specific cases with a range of international justice organizations, including international criminal courts and tribunals, United Nations human rights bodies, and non-governmental organizations.
Established in 2014, the clinic is a joint partnership between UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law and York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. The collective nature of the clinic offers an efficient means for law schools to share resources while enabling both schools to deepen their human rights and clinical education offerings.
Accomplished human rights lawyer Nicole Barrett, founding Director of the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, views the clinic as “a bridge between the theory and practice of international justice and human rights.” Barrett is happy with the contributions of all participants, saying,
“It is a real privilege to work with some great students at [Allard] Law and Osgoode Hall on cases and projects that promote social justice.”
Professor Nikos Harris, then Director of Experiential Learning, believes in the importance of the clinic, saying, “this project will further diversify the many clinical learning opportunities available to our students and engage fundamental legal and societal issues on a global basis.”
Read law students’ current reflections about international justice and human rights on the Allard IJHR Clinic blog.