Human Rights Centre

Human Rights Centre Clinic

Protecting human rights around the world

The Human Rights Centre Clinic is part of one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world, and continues to conduct key research to protect human rights globally.

Founded in 2009, the Human Rights Centre Clinic runs projects that enable students to apply their human rights knowledge to practical situations and further develop their professional skills, working in partnership with civil society organisations, international organisations, governments and national human rights institutions.

There are two pathways open to students – the Human Rights Clinic Module (HU902), which combines projects with partners and classroom study, and stand-alone projects, which are opportunities which may be open to undergraduate or postgraduate human rights students, and are not linked to the Human Rights Centre Clinic Module.

What sort of projects does the Clinic undertake?

Clinic projects address various types of human rights-related issues. They generally involve research that partners need in order to further human rights advocacy and/or implementation of human rights norms. Partners choose to work with the Clinic because at Essex we have gifted human rights students as well as specialised faculty support with the expertise that partners need.

Stand-alone Human Rights Clinic Projects

The Human Rights Centre Clinic also runs stand-alone Units. In 2018-19, the Clinic is running a Death Penalty Sentencing Mitigation Unit, in partnership with Reprieve, providing opportunities to undergraduate students in the School of Law, Department of Sociology and Postgraduate human rights students (LLM/MA). It is also running a Digital Verification Unit, providing opportunities to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Human Rights Clinic Module (HU902) Projects

The Human Rights Centre Clinic Module (HU902) is an optional module available to postgraduate students on the human rights programmes (LLM/MA), which combines both hands-on practical experience in human rights and classroom study. Students work in teams, with the guidance of a supervisor, to investigate and document human rights violations and/or strengthen human rights initiatives. This is achieved in collaboration with the many partners with which the Clinic works, including governments, NGOs and international organisations.

"An invaluable experience in discovering what it means to be in a truly diverse team with the conflicts and opportunity for learning that it can bring. I believe I came out of it a more rounded human rights advocate"
Elizabeth Mangenje LLM International human rights law: econmics relations 2017

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Why be a member of the clinic?

Being part of the Clinic gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on real world issues and for organisations working in the field of human rights. This experience gives you an insight into the world of human rights both from a practical and academic perspective. Through the Clinic, you will learn substantive human rights law, develop professional techniques and explore different models/theories for effective promotion of human rights.

Who is eligible to participate as a student in the Clinic?

The Clinic is an optional module for postgraduate students on the Human Rights programme (LLM/MA). In order to take part in the course, you must be enrolled on the Human Rights Centre Clinic module (Module Code: HU902).

How to apply

There are a limited number of places available on the Human Rights Centre Clinic module. Accordingly, all students who wish to participate go through a selection process.

Applications for 2018 are now closed, 2019 applications will be announced in due course.