Human Rights Investigations Lab: Students


The Human Rights Investigations Lab main class will be held on Thursdays, 3:35pm to 5:25pm at Berkeley Law, Room 132. All students are required to participate at this time, with rare exceptions. 

For graduate students: 

Graduate students may sign up for 295.4 sec. 1 – Advanced Human Rights Investigation Lab (Spring 2018)Instructor: Alexa Koenig  (view instructor’s profile); View all teaching evaluations for this course; Units: 2-3
Meeting Time: Th 3:35PM-5:25PM
Meeting Location: 132
Course Start: January 11, 2018
Course End: April 20, 2018
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 41658

For undergraduates:

Undergraduates (returning or new) must apply to participate in the lab through URAP.

About the lab class: 
This practicum introduces and advances the practice of open source investigations: investigations that use social media and other publicly-available, internet-based sources to develop evidence for advocacy and legal accountability. The practicum includes active participation in the Human Rights investigations Lab at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center. Clients include organizations like Amnesty International, ProPublica, the Syrian Archive, the Center for Justice and Accountability and others. In the practicum, students will learn how to collect and authenticate information on war crimes and human rights abuses and will have an opportunity to engage in one or more real-world investigations. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the course, participants will include students from across campus.


Our Fall 2017 lab meeting/course will be held on Fridays, 10 to 11:50 am in 170 Boalt Hall. We will expect all lab students to participate at this time, with rare exceptions.

For graduate students: The course control numbers: 295.4A sect 1, Open Source Investigations Seminar: class number 46012; 295.4B sec 1, Open Source Investigations Practicum: class number 46013
For returning undergraduate students: Credit for participation will again be given through URAP. If you participated in URAP this semester, you are asked to complete a URAP survey by May 12 in order to participate again next semester.

For new undergraduate students: You may apply to participate in the lab through the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Find information here.