This seminar offers advanced training on a variety of skills relevant to the work of human rights advocates. It is designed for students who already have at least one semester of experience in the International Human Rights Clinic. Students will work intensively on a skills module of their choice. Past skills modules have focused on media work, fact-finding and interviewing, negotiation and coalition-building, and community-based advocacy. Through these modules, students build experience and leadership skills crucial for a career in human rights, exploring ways to set and advance human rights agendas, mobilize constituencies, work in partnership and collaboration with affected communities, and manage projects. The seminar also examines professional ethics and responsibilities by drawing from scenarios based on human rights practitioners own experiences in the field. Finally, the seminar considers organizational questions, including the effect of organizational mandates on research and advocacy tactics, different institutional cultures, and how to build human rights organizations. Students will have an opportunity to workshop clinical projects and undertake in-depth participatory evaluation of advocacy and litigation strategies.
This seminar is required for students enrolled in the fall International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced or fall Semester in Human Rights. Once a student enrolls in either of these clinics, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll them in this required course component.