International Justice and Human Rights Clinic


The International Justice and Human Rights Clinic gives upper-year law students the opportunity to work on pressing human rights and global justice concerns through hands-on work on international cases and projects. Students gain experience applying international human rights law, international criminal law and/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.

The year-long clinic is for second and third year students, as well as LLM students, at Allard School of Law. The clinic includes a 3-unit seminar in the Fall semester, followed by a 8 unit clinic in the Spring semester.

In the Fall seminar, students study international human rights, international humanitarian and international criminal law and apply these fields to cutting-edge issues of human rights and global justice. The seminar provides students with the substantive legal foundation necessary to undertake the spring case/project work with competence and professionalism. Evaluation is based on class participation and a final paper.

In the Spring practicum, students gain experience applying international law by 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. Student work may involve contributing to litigation in international criminal courts and tribunals; drafting human rights reports; drafting legal memos and briefs and conducting and presenting legal research that aims to influence public policy.

Students work in teams under close supervision of the Clinic Director, Nicole Barrett, with final case submissions due at the end of the Spring term. The practicum is graded on a honors/pass/fail basis based on clinical work, a bi-weekly journal, and a final 1,500 word reflective paper.


International Justice and Human Rights Clinic Projects, 2014-2018

Recent & ongoing Allard IJHR Clinic’s cases, reports and projects include:

Providing legal support and analysis for:

Report Drafting:

Trial Monitoring:

  • Monitored mass criminal trial in N’Djamena, Chad of twenty-four henchmen of former dictator Hissène Habré
  • Monitoring ongoing litigation in British Columbia courts where foreign plaintiffs seek redress against Canadian corporations for rights abuses.

Canadian Human Trafficking Database:

The Clinic monitors Canadian human trafficking case law and maintains a database and case commentary on all reported Canadian human trafficking cases. 


IJHR clinicians at the British Columbia Court of Appeals for the Araya v. Nevsun Resources oral arguments

IJHR Clinicians with the Chief of the UPR Branch, OHCHR in Geneva during the annual ICCPR Human Rights Committee Session

IJHR Clinicians with UN Human Rights Committee Member & Independent Expert Marcia Kran