Inter-American Human Rights Clinic

Washington Dc Panorama

This clinic will introduce students to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous body of the Organization of America States, whose mission is to promote the observance and defense of human rights set forth in the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention on Human Rights. Students enrolled in this clinic will work on a petition currently pending before the Commission and will be expected to engage with non-governmental organizations, human rights clinics and law firms around the world to solicit, draft and edit amicus briefs for filing in that case. Depending upon timing, students may also have an opportunity to participate in public hearings scheduled before the Commission.


Recent Projects


Spring 2023: Students researched and drafted a brief in Dwayne Jones (Victim) v. Jamaica (Respondent) [Case No. 15.080], a petition currently pending before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights brought by the Notre Dame Human Rights Clinic. Human Rights Watch, together with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, submitted an amicus brief in support of the petition