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Reflections from the Class of 2024

This year, we asked five of our graduating students to reflect on their time in the International Human Rghts Clinic. Watch to learn about what projects they worked on, where they traveled, their fondest memories, and what insights they've gained on doing human rights work.
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Shaping a Human Rights Career: Nikki Santos ‘24 Reflects on Her Experience in the International Human Rights Clinic

My work with IHRC has been the most meaningful and rewarding part of my law school experience. I joined the Clinic in the Spring of 2023, and have participated as an advanced student ever since. My project centers on the 2017 French Duty of Vigilance Law which we are using to hold Carrefour, the seventh-largest supermarket chain in the world, accountable for human rights abuses in its seafood supply chain.
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Mariupol’s Devastation and Search for Justice: A Human Rights Watch, SITU Research, and Truth Hounds Investigation

Immediately upon the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mariupol became a focal point of the war as Russia’s grip tightened around the coastal city. About 540,000 people resided in Mariupol before the Russian armed forces attacked, but as the bombardment continued, the number of residents dwindled, due to death and displacement. On May 20, 2022, after a battle of three months, the city fell, and Russia claimed control. 
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Explosive Weapons’ Dire Impact on Cultural Heritage

Compliance with 2022 Political Declaration Would Reduce Harm in Armed Conflict (Oslo, April 21, 2024) – The bombing and shelling of cities and towns during armed conflict has devastating consequences for cultural heritage and civilians, Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) said in a new report. Minimizing this harm should be addressed at the…
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Human Rights Legal Education: New Frontiers in Social Justice

A reunion panel featuring Ariel Dulitzky LL.M. '99, Aminta Ossom '09, Paras Shah '19, Hina Uddin, '24 on the evolution of human rights practice and clinical teaching. Moderated by Susan Farbstein '04.
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With Haiti on the Brink of Collapse, a Reckoning for US Policy on Haiti

Haiti’s rapidly spiraling political and security crisis has brought the de facto Haitian government to the brink of collapse. As gangs assault key infrastructure and move closer to complete control, Haiti’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, is stuck in Puerto Rico and unable to return. Henry – an unelected leader whose sole source of support has come from outside of Haiti’s borders – has now finally also lost the support of the United States, making his resignation all but certain.
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Clinic Spotlight: On-the-ground climate change advocacy at the UN

This piece was originally published by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Presenting research to UN officials, business and NGO leaders, and grassroots activists in Geneva, Switzerland is not an ordinary law school assignment; for Taryn Shanes ‘25, the task was not only part of her clinic work, but the “linchpin” of her law school experience. Shanes travelled…