International Human Rights Law Clinic

In an era of rapid change caused by rising global interdependence, the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) at the UC Berkeley School of Law pursues a dual mission: promoting justice at home and abroad and training attorneys for a changing profession. IHRLC marshals the resources of the faculty and students of UC Berkeley to advance the struggle for human rights on behalf of individuals and marginalized communities. It clarifies complex issues, develops innovative policy solutions, and engages in vigorous advocacy. At the same time, IHRLC prepares graduates for an increasingly diverse, competitive, and international legal profession. One of the leading human rights clinics in the country, IHRLC takes advantage of its home in California, the largest and most diverse state in the nation, and builds on Berkeley Law’s commitment to international engagement. Since 1998, IHRLC has completed dozens of projects and trained over 200 students. 

Climate Change Policy Report Released (read more...)

Two students in the International Human Rights Law Clinic have written a report calling on nations to address the human rights impacts of climate change policy for presentation at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The report, Protecting People and the Planet: A Proposal to Address the Human Rights Impacts of Climate Change Policy, highlights the unintended consequences of climate change policies, and recommends that states adopt a program for action to develop policies that incorporate international human rights standards.


UC Berkeley students to emphasize rights at global climate confab, Contra Costa Times, 12/04/09

Law students try to shift climate policy in Copenhagen, The National Law Journal, 12/07/09

Students Push Ideas in Copenhagen, Daily Journal, 12/14/09