International Human Rights Clinic teamThe Duke Legal Clinics allow students to build an experiential bridge between law school and practice.  The International Human Rights Clinic enables students to critically engage with cutting-edge human rights issues, strategies, tactics, institutions, and law in both domestic and international settings. Through weekly seminars, fieldwork and travel, students develop a range of practical tools and skills needed for human rights advocacy—such as fact-finding, litigation, indicators, reporting, and messaging—that integrate interdisciplinary methods and new technologies. Students also develop competencies related to managing trauma in human rights work, as well as the ethical and accountability challenges of human rights lawyering. Types of clinic projects include those that: apply a human rights framework to domestic issues; involve human rights advocacy abroad; engage with international institutions to advance human rights; and/or address human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Students work closely with local organizations, international NGOs, and U.N. human rights experts and bodies to further the promotion and protection of human rights. 

In addition to the International Human Rights Clinic, a number of other Duke Legal Clinics, including the Guantanamo Defense Clinic and the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, provide students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and build their professional identities in areas that impact human rights.



  • Tigar comments on Pentagon request to hold Gitmo hearings via Skype Miami Herald /news/tigar-comments-pentagon-request-hold-gitmo-hearings-skype/
  • Steven M. Watt | Law & Legal Challenges in Addressing Psychologists in the CIA Torture Program /video/steven-m-watt-law-legal-challenges-addressing-psychologists-cia-torture-program/
  • After San Bernardino shootings, Huckerby joins Duke faculty calling for candor News & Observer /news/after-san-bernardino-shootings-huckerby-joins-duke-faculty-calling-candor/
  • Klara Skrivankova | The European Refugee Crisis & Human Trafficking /video/klara-skrivankova-european-refugee-crisis-human-trafficking/
  • Huckerby: We have a dangerous blind spot in seeing how a woman can be wife, mother and terrorist TIME /news/huckerby-we-have-dangerous-blind-spot-seeing-how-woman-can-be-wife-mother-and-terrorist/
  • Watch | Center on Law, Race and Politics conference: The Present & Future of Civil Rights Movements Duke Law YouTube /news/video-center-law-race-and-politics-conference-present-future-civil-rights-movements/
  • Dunlap discusses honor, morality, and the DOD Law of War Manual Just Security /news/dunlap-discusses-honor-morality-and-dod-law-war-manual/
  • Global Health Law and Policy Symposium to focus on range of health and human rights issues Duke Global Health Institute /news/global-health-law-and-policy-symposium-focus-range-health-and-human-rights-issues/
  • Lenni Benson | Unaccompanied Minors from Central America & Special Immigrant Juvenile Status /video/lenni-benson-unaccompanied-minors-central-america-special-immigrant-juvenile-status/
  • Helfer reprises MOOC on international human rights, beginning Oct. 19 /news/helfer-reprises-mooc-international-human-rights-beginning-oct-19/

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L-R:  U.N. Special Rapporteur Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Sitara Witanachchi '14, and Isabella Bellera '14

Clinic students help U.N. draft principles on redress for human trafficking victims

Clinic members traveled to Jordan to help the special rapporteur finalize U.N. principles in providing redress for victims of human trafficking.

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