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.
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.
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"