Direct Participation: Law School Clinics and International Humanitarian Law
International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 95, No. 892 (2014)
27 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2014 Last revised: 26 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 1, 2014
This article describes and analyzes two law school clinics focused on international humanitarian law: the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory Law School and the International Justice Clinic at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Law school clinics focused on international humanitarian law enable students to participate directly in the development and application of IHL in concrete ‘real world’ settings – from training to research and fact-finding, litigation to high-level advocacy, and many spaces in between. These opportunities do far more than contribute only to these students’ development as effective, reflective lawyers, certainly a key goal of any clinical environment. Clinical IHL work also matches clinical pedagogy with cutting-edge issues in armed conflict to deepen students’ law school experiences and enables them to engage in the IHL goals of promotion, implementation and enforcement.
Keywords: international humanitarian law, clinic, promotion, clinical education, law of armed conflict, law of war
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