Direct Participation: Law School Clinics and International Humanitarian Law

27 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2014 Last revised: 26 Mar 2015

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Laurie R. Blank

Emory University School of Law

David Kaye

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Blank, Laurie R. and Kaye, David A., Direct Participation: Law School Clinics and International Humanitarian Law (March 1, 2014). International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 95, No. 892 (2014); Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-288; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2403303

Laurie R. Blank (Contact Author)

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David A. Kaye

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

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