International Human Rights Clinic

International Human Rights Clinic

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    The International Human Rights Clinic gives students the opportunity to work on projects and cases, both local and international, which confront the most pressing human rights concerns of our day. Under the supervision of Clinic Director Professor Hannah Garry, students seek justice on behalf of victims, hold perpetrators of serious human rights abuses accountable and work towards progressive development of the law. Through this experience, students acquire knowledge and skills for effective international lawyering and human rights advocacy while supporting the critical work of human rights advocates and organizations worldwide.

  • Clinic News

    -- USC Gould's International Human Rights Clinic presents:

    JUDGE FAUSTO POCAR, International Criminal Tribunals
    for the Former Yugoslavia & Rwanda:
    "Mass Atrocities, the International Criminal Cour
    and the Future of International Criminal Justice"

    Monday, March 2, 2015, 12 Noon
    Room 130, USC Gould School of Law
    Lunch served

    Since his appointment to the ICTY in 2000, Judge Pocar has served as a Judge in a Trial Chamber, where he sat on the first case concerned with rape as a crime against humanity, and in the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal, where he is still sitting. As a Judge of the Appeals Chamber, he is also a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On appeal, he has participated in the adoption of the final judgments in several ICTY and ICTR cases, heard both at The Hague and in Arusha, Tanzania. Between November 2005 and November 2008 he served as President of the ICTY.

    Judge Pocar is Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, where he has also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and as the Vice-Rector. He is the author of numerous publications on International Law, including Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Private International Law and European Law.

    Judge Pocar has a long standing experience in UN activities, in particular in the field of human rights and humanitarian law. He has served for 16 years (1984-2000) as a member of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and has been its Chairman (1991-92) and Rapporteur (1989-90). Further, he was appointed Special Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for visits to Chechnya and the Russian Federation during the 1995-6 conflict.

    Co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the USC Levan Institute, the USC Gould Clerkship Committee and the USC Gould Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.


    John Flynn '12 has accepted a prestigious clerkship opportunity with Chambers at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague. Flynn is the second USC Gould graduate awarded the unique fellowship, which is available to only a handful of law graduates in the United States. An anonymous USC Gould alum funded the opportunity after the Tribunal invited graduates of USC Gould's International Human Rights Clinic to clerk with the court. Flynn begins his fellowship in October 2014 and will work on the Ayyash et al. trial against those allegedly responsible for the 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.


    USC Gould students Rosemary DiPietrantonio, '14, Jennifer Ehrlich, '13, Lisa Foutch, '13, Joel Frost-Tift, '14 and Michelle Shaffie, '13, received notice that two of their clients successfully obtained visas as survivors of human trafficking. Working with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the students worked with clients from the Philippines and Mexico to help them apply for the visas, which allow them to live and work lawfully in the United States, along with their families.

    "I grew up hearing stories of the Holocaust and was instructed often of my special responsibility... not to ignore, and thereby allow, similar crimes committed in my time. This clinic gives me an opportunity to do work in which I strongly believe."

    - Brian Rifkin,'11


    USC Gould School of Law graduate Brian Rifkin '11 has accepted a competitive one-year fellowship working with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Chambers in The Hague. Rifkin, who starts his new job this summer, will work as a law clerk in Tribunal President David Baragwanath's office, assisting appeals judges with legal research, writing and analysis and monitoring developments in international law. He may also work on reports to the United Nations Security Council as well as be involved with diplomatic consultations.

  • Current Cases & Projects

    • International Criminal Tribunal Partnerships (assist with research and drafting in cases trying perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and terrorism):
      • International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
      • Extraordinary Chambers in Courts of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
      • Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Leidschendam, The Netherlands
    • Human Trafficking cases: represent survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence in partnership with Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

  • On-Site Internships:

  • IHRC On-Site Internships • Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section, Washington D.C.

    • Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Cambodia

    • International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, The Hague, The Netherlands

    • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania

    • Special Tribunal for Lebanon

    • International Criminal Court

  • Clinic Director: Professor Hannah Garry

    Hannah Garry

    Professor Hannah Garry joined USC law faculty in the fall of 2010. She arrived from University of Colorado Law, where she was visiting faculty and taught international law courses as well as initiated an experiential learning course supervising students on Guantanamo and Alien Tort Statute cases. Garry has worked on international human rights and international criminal law issues since 1994 with a number of organizations including Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; the International Criminal Court; the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the European Court of Human Rights; and the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights). She has experience in Africa, Asia and Europe.

    Garry has also spoken and written widely on protection of refugee rights in Africa under national and international law; protection of refugee rights under the European Convention on Human Rights; asylum law and policy within the European Union; state responsibility and compensation for refugee flows under international law; victims' rights and restorative justice in international criminal law; corporate criminal and social responsibility under international law; and international criminal procedure.