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Treaty Negotiation

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Mona Williams (left) and Maria van Wagenberg, both JD ’11, at the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Laos in November 2010.

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 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.

More recently, 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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