International Human Rights Workshop


The International Human Rights Workshop (IHRW) partners with the Human Rights Center (HRC) under the supervision of Alexa Koenig (Executive Director) and Lindsay Freeman (Director of Law and Policy). Students will have the opportunity to hone their legal research and writing skills, develop knowledge of domestic and international laws, and assist the preparation for international criminal trials. This will give you a first-hand experience in advocating for human rights and give you a sense of the work of international lawyers.

This year, students will support on one of two projects: 

Project One: Research into the ethical challenges raised when using digital technologies to investigate cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (2-3 hours a week)

SLP students will provide background research for an international study into the ways in which human rights and war crimes investigators are using online open source methods to investigate alleged sexual and gender-based crimes. The study is based on interviews with approximately two dozen international investigators and gender experts. Students will especially explore the ethical issues raised by using new technologies to investigate such crimes, including how any ethical concerns might be mitigated during the investigations process.

Project Two: Legal research and analysis to support the International Criminal Court (3 hours a week minimum)

SLP students will prepare legal research and analysis to support the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On June 9, 2020, after 13 years of pursuit, the ICC took custody of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) after he voluntarily surrendered in the Central African Republic. The arrest warrant, which alleges 50 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur (Sudan), was issued on April 27, 2007. Students will support ICC lawyers on one of the most anticipated international criminal cases as they prepare for the confirmation of charges and trial. 

Supervision: Students will receive training from and provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of attorneys at Human Rights Center.

Time Commitment: IHRW participation requires a full-year commitment (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021). Some space may be made available for new LL.M. students who commence their studies in the Spring. Students typically work on the project an average of three hours per week. In addition, students are required to attend mandatory full-group meetings multiple times per semester, including various trainings on international and criminal law, and regular small group meetings. 

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