Treaty Negotiation

The “positive obligations” advocacy team, including IHRC students and supervisors, moments after adoption of the nuclear weapon ban treaty on July 7, 2017.

The International Human Rights Clinic exposes students to all stages in the life of a treaty, from initial advocacy to negotiation to amendment to implementation. Students were intimately involved, for example, in the successful advocacy effort to include “positive obligations” during the negotiations on a nuclear ban treaty, which passed in the summer of 2018. They were also closely involved in the creation of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. They participated in the Convention’s negotiations, advocating for strong provisions and advising a civil society coalition at diplomatic conferences around the world.

They have prepared submissions to parliamentary committees regarding national implementation of treaties; produced papers arguing for strengthening the protocol on incendiary weapons; and participated in the launch of an international campaign to ban fully autonomous weapons.

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