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The International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) designs and implements innovative human rights projects to advance the struggle for justice on behalf of individuals and marginalized communities through advocacy, research, and policy development. The IHRLC employs an interdisciplinary model that leverages the intellectual capital of the university to provide innovative solutions to emerging human rights issues. The IHRLC develops collaborative partnerships with researchers, scholars, and human rights activists worldwide. Students are integral to all phases of the IHRLC's work and acquire unparalleled experience generating knowledge and employing strategies to address the most urgent human rights issues of our day. The IHRLC works closely with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center.

The Clinic currently works in four focal areas: Promoting Human Rights Within the United States; Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights; and Accountability and Transitional Justice.  Some examples of Clinic students' work include: representing Colombian victims of paramilitary violence before U.S. courts; documenting the experience of Guantánamo detainees; advocating for victims of genocide before the Cambodian war crimes tribunal; pursuing justice for victims of torture and disappearance in Guatemala; and combating human trafficking and forced labor in California.

In addition to work on human rights projects, clinic students participate in a seminar that provides a bridge between legal theory and practice. The clinical seminar is devoted to substantive legal training and provides the opportunity for peer feedback and critique on cases and projects. It also offers student the opportunity for critical reflection on the lawyer's role in human rights advocacy.