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The Human Rights Program produces a range of publications based on academic research and practice in the field of human rights. Faculty, staff, and fellows author a diverse assortment of reports, scholarly articles, books, legal briefs, policy papers, and other publications. Students are also integrally involved in many publications.

Most Recent

The Human Rights Implications of ‘Killer Robots’ (June 2014)

Bonnie Docherty; Jurist

Climate Change Migration & Social Innovation (May 2014)

Bonnie Docherty; Harvard College Review of Environment and Society
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Shaking the Foundation: The Human Rights Implications of Killer Robots (May 2014)

International Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Watch

Taking on “Killer Robots” (May 2014)

Bonnie Docherty; Just Security

The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward (May 2014)

Edited by (former HRP Visiting Fellow) David Marshall; the Human Rights Program Series

Promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels is at the heart of the United Nations’ mission and is a principle embedded throughout the Charter of the United Nations and most constitutions of nation-states. The International Rule of Law Movement critically evaluates rule of law initiatives from a contemporary global perspective. It seeks to fill the gap in knowledge among actors and to explain what has and has not been effective and why. It also proposes better models for promoting justice and the rule of law in fragile states.

Opposition to Motion to Dismiss (December 2013)

in Mamani, et al. v. Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín. International Human Rights Clinic. Counsel: Tyler Giannini, Susan Farbstein, et al.

Ending Civilian Suffering: The Purpose, Provisions, and Promise of Humanitarian Disarmament Law (2013)

Bonnie Docherty; Austrian Review of International and European Law

Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of Professors of Legal History (November 2013)

in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc. International Human Rights Clinic. Counsel: Tyler Giannini, Poppy Alexander, et al.

Health Professional Accountability for Acts of Torture Through State Licensing and Discipline (November 2013)

Deborah Popowski, Kate Nicholson, Shuenn (Patrick) Ho, and Pooja Nair; chapter in "Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the More…

Fully Autonomous Weapons: Questions and Answers (October 2013)

International Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Watch
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Assistance Overdue: Ongoing Needs of Civilian Victims of Nepal’s Armed Conflict (September 2013)

International Human Rights Clinic. Lead author: Bonnie Docherty

Seven years after the end of Nepal’s armed conflict, civilian victims are still struggling in the absence of effective help from the government. This report by the International Human Rights Clinic, in partnership with the advocacy group Center for Civilians in Conflict, documents Nepali victims’ calls for financial and in-kind assistance as well as justice and truth after a decade-long conflict between government and Maoist forces. The report also evaluates the Nepali government’s current programs and proposals in light of victims’ needs and expectations.

Appellees’ Petition for Panel Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc (September 2013)

in In Re South African Apartheid Litigation. International Human Rights Clinic. Counsel: Tyler Giannini, Susan Farbstein, et al.

No Nos Toman En Cuenta (September 2013)

Cristian Sanhueza, Daniel Saver, James Cavallaro, Jorge Contesse, Cesar Rodriguez G.

Nearly five years after ratifying the International Labor Organization Convention 169 (“ILO 169”), Chile continues to violate indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior, and informed consultation, according to this book by human rights experts in the Consorcio Norte-Sur. The Consorcio is a partnership between Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).