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Human Rights @ Harvard Law

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Litigation

Oral arguments before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights on the provisional measures for the Socioeducational Internment Unit (UNIS), a juvenile detention center in Espírito Santo, Brazil. August 2011. From left to right: Sandra Carvalho, of Justiça Global, Padre Xavier Paolillo, of Pastoral do Menor, Marta Falqueto, of Centro de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos da Serra, Fernando Delgado, Clinical Instructor, Deborah Popowski, Clinical Instructor, and Clara Long, '12.

Oral arguments before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on a juvenile detention center in Brazil. From left to right: Sandra Carvalho, of Justiça Global, Padre Xavier Paolillo, of Pastoral do Menor, Marta Falqueto, of Centro de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos da Serra, Clinical Instructors Fernando Delgado and Deborah Popowski, and Clara Long, ’12.

The International Human Rights Clinic has developed substantial expertise in litigation, integrating students in court-based advocacy in a host of ways. Students develop skills essential to both trial-based litigation as well as appellate work, including conducting legal research, drafting filings, preparing oral arguments and gathering and analyzing evidence.

Our projects involve state and federal human rights litigation in U.S. courts as well as litigation before international bodies, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In recent terms, students have co-drafted amicus curaie briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on corporate accountability; filed suit in Ohio State court concerning professional misconduct of a Guantanamo psychologist; prepared oral arguments on prison abuse in Brazil before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and researched for universal jurisdiction cases against U.S. officials accused of torture during counterterrorism operations.

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