Instructor(s): Samer Muscati
International Human Rights Law; Public International Law

15 hours (2 full days per week)
Max. Enrol: 1 JD (conditional enroll)

Note: Enrollment in this clinic is conditional. The Records Office will add the clinic to the student's course selection once participation is confirmed by the clinic instructor. In the meantime, students must select sufficient credits for the term/year. Students approved for the clinic will have the opportunity to adjust their credits before the add/drop deadline.

To register for this course, you must email a 1-2 page statement of interest to by June 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Please indicate the following:
(a) previous upper-year courses in international law or human rights law or experience that you consider equivalent;
(b) indicators of academic, analytical, and research and writing ability, which may include grades in related classes;
(c) any experience in human rights or international issues;
(d) any experience with lawyering or advocacy;
(e) any languages that you can speak/write/read, including at what level (basic, conversational, intermediate, advanced);
(f) why you wish to enroll in the Clinic and whether you can prioritize commitments arising from the clinic; and
(g) a list of any other Clinics you plan on enrolling in for 2018-19.

Students participating in clinical programs are encouraged to take opportunities to integrate their clinical work into an upper year paper course. Students must obtain approval from the Clinical Director, the paper course instructor, and Assistant Dean Sara Faherty.

This half-time, one term clinical education program offers one student the opportunity to explore the practice of international human rights law, with a focus on professionalism and the tools of international human rights advocacy, including research and fact-finding, litigation in domestic and international forums, grass-roots mobilization, and media engagement. The course will encourage critical reflection on international human rights lawyering, including exploration of legal, procedural, strategic, ethical and theoretical issues.

The course will provide the student with the opportunity to work one-on-one with the Clinic Director and to interact with international human rights advocates in Canada and abroad. Through their clinical work, written reflections, and individual weekly consultations with the IHRP Director, students will test relationships between international human rights law principles and the practical realities of the advocacy process, and develop a conceptual and empirical understanding of human rights lawyering.

The student is required to be present in the clinic for two whole days per week under the direct supervision of the Director. Daily casework could include case theory formulation, international law research, report and factum writing, and attendance at oral argument or in meetings with government officials. There may be opportunity to travel and conduct primary source research depending on the clinics current projects. It is also expected that the student will work as a part of a team with students in the practicum who are completing work on files commenced in the fall clinic. Responsibilities may include attendance at monthly rounds of clinic and practicum students, and coordination of the work of practicum students.

Attendance at clinic meetings with the IHRP Director is mandatory. Students are routinely expected to provide oral briefings and analyses and to participate in discussions with the Director, counsel working on the cases, and clients. While we will strive to make the overall workload of the clinic comparable to a course of similar weight, the clinic will at times involve obligations to clients and external deadlines which must be met.

The students written work on the clinic advocacy project(s) will consist of draft pleadings or reports, and in-depth memoranda on the legal issues in relation to the advocacy project assigned. Total written work will be the equivalent of a 10,000-word research memorandum. Students will receive credits graded on an HH/H/P/LP/F basis; the course will be weighted at 6 credits in calculating the students average.

At a Glance

Second Term


1 JD