Member countries of the United Nations are required to report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on their compliance with international human rights law obligations. Students in the International Human Rights Clinic research and investigate issues that have an impact on indigenous populations in selected countries. Such issues include property rights and regulation of natural resource development, environmental protection, access to education opportunities and medical care, and protection of civil and political rights. Using international law as a foundation, students work collaboratively in conducting the research, utilizing a variety of resources. Their work culminates in the submission of a report to the Council. The students also present their research and conclusions before a university audience.
For more information about the International Human Rights Clinic and to view past reports, click here.
Inter-American Human Rights Commission Externship
Students who have completed the Federal Indian Law and/or International Law courses are eligible to participate in a 12-hour-credit Inter-American Human Rights Commission Externship, working at the commission as a part of the Indigenous Rapporteurship team.
Federal Indian Law Externships
Students who have completed the basic Federal Indian Law course are eligible to participate in a 12-credit-hour Federal Indian Law Externship program in Washington, D.C. Externs spend a semester working alongside the federal government’s top Indian law litigators and legal policymakers at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission and Indian Health Service.
Tribal Court Externship
Native American tribal judiciaries are also among available judicial externship opportunities.