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Human Rights @ Harvard Law

Clinic

Documentation & Reporting

Frances Dales, JD '13, during a documentation trip to a prison in Brazil.

Frances Dales, JD ’13, during a documentation trip to a prison in Brazil.

Fact-finding is one of the principal areas of expertise of the Clinic, with student actively engaged in the process of consulting, planning, conducting and following up on documentation and reporting efforts. Much of the Clinic’s fact-finding entails travel outside of the Boston area, though opportunities exist to conduct this vital work locally as well. With decades of fact-finding experience between them, the clinicians strive to implement and impart a responsible, effective, and reflective fact-finding methodology based on international standards and best practices and focused on ethics, problem-solving, and cultural sensitivity.

In a typical year, the International Human Rights Clinic has several ongoing projects focused on documenting and reporting on human rights problems such as environmental and human costs of mining operations, cases of police and prison abuse, evidence of war crimes, and disrespect for freedom of assembly.

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