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Georgetown Law offers students a compelling collection of courses and practice-based opportunities in the complex area of human rights and immigration law and policy. Our full-time faculty have worked at the highest level in UN antidiscrimination efforts, in the U.S. State Department’s efforts to prosecute genocide and crimes against humanity, in the protection of refugee rights, in advocating for the right to healthcare, and on international women’s issues. Faculty scholarship treats questions ranging from the basic theory supporting a human rights regime to technical legal questions about treaty implementation and interpretation to country-specific reports and recommendations.

Many clinical programs and projects at Georgetown Law take on human rights and immigration challenges and afford students opportunities to engage in solving these real-world legal challenges. The Human Rights Institute (HRI) at Georgetown Law is a leading human rights teaching and training institution, producing policy-relevant and influential human rights ideas and research. Each year HRI works with students to identify the focus of work pursued by its Fact-Finding Project that investigates human rights violations and proposes related law and policy reforms. 

And HRI’s Legal & Policy Advocacy Project has tackled issues such as the application of human rights law and U.S. constitutional law to the practice of subjecting children to solitary confinement. HRI works with theInternational Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative, a transnational network of scholars, practitioners, and students, based at Georgetown Law, who advocate for protecting migrants’ human rights.

Several clinical programs give students practical training with clients battling immigration issues and with challenging human rights policy matters. The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) gives students primary responsibility for representing refugees seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the United States because of threatened persecution in their home countries. The International Women’s Human Rights Clinic partners with NGOs or advocates primarily based in sub-Saharan Africa. Clinical students work closely with local lawyers to develop policy, proposed legislation, court papers, and human rights reports to address an important gap in women’s rights. And the worker strategy team at the Harrison Institute for Public Law works with nonprofit groups to develop model policies for governments and institutions that promote safe labor standards for the working poor.

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Faculty:

Rosa Brooks Profile
Rosa Brooks
Martin Lederman Profile
Martin Lederman
Wallace Mlyniec Profile
Wallace Mlyniec
Susan Ross Profile
Susan Ross
Andrew Schoenholtz Profile
Andrew Schoenholtz
Jane Stromseth Profile
Jane Stromseth
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Curriculum

Borders, Banishment, and Beyond Seminar

Criminal Justice

Immigration Law and Policy

Justice and Accountability for International Atrocity Crimes: Bridging Theory and Practice Seminar

Legal Justice Seminar
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Scholarship

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Lawrence O. Gostin, Lead in the Water: A Tale of Social and Environmental Injustice, 315 JAMA 2053-2054 (2016).   
  • Lawrence O. Gostin & Eric A. Friedman, The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Achieving the Vision of Global Health with Justice, Geo. Pub. Pol'y Rev., Spring 2016, at 1-25.    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
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Faculty in the News

"The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm parallels are getting scary," coverage in The Chicago Tribune, October 13, 2017, featuring Professor Rosa Brooks.

"Trump May Want Refugees Who Can 'Assimilate.' What Does That Mean?," coverage by U.S. News & World Report, October 4, 2017, quoting Professor from Practice Andrew Schoenholtz.

"With Gorsuch filling out bench, Supreme Court ready to break ground on high-profile cases," coverage by The Washington Times, October 1, 2017, quoting Associate Professor Marty Lederman.

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