About the Human Rights Centre Clinic
The Human Rights Centre Clinic is based in the Human Rights Centre at
the University of Essex. It is staffed by postgraduate and undergraduate
human rights students, who work under the supervision of the Clinic
Director. The work of the Clinic is supported by a network of academics
who offer subject-specific expertise as appropriate.
The Clinic operates as part of the module,
‘HU902: Right Skills for Human Rights Professionals’. All students
enrolled in this module are required to participate in the Clinic, and
Clinic membership is restricted to HU902 students.
The Clinic’s primary objective is to provide students with the
opportunity to develop the skillset necessary to become successful human
rights practitioners through structured engagement in the practice of
human rights. The Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work
in a professional human rights environment, and to actively engage with
key human rights mechanisms.
The Clinic also seeks to support and facilitate the work of human
rights organisations, by working in partnership with these organisations
on specific projects.
Clinic projects can address any human rights-related issue. Projects
focus primarily on engaging the Geneva-based UN human rights mechanisms.
For instance, a Clinic team may:
- Prepare written and/or oral submissions for the Human Rights
- Prepare alternative reports for submission to a Treaty
- Prepare subject-specific reports for submission to a Treaty
Monitoring Body, such as comments on a Draft General Comment;
- Prepare stakeholder submissions in relation to the Human Rights
Council’s Universal Periodic Review;
- Prepare subject or case-specific submissions for UN Special
Procedures, such as briefing notes, situational or legal memos, and
- Provide support in relation to individual communications
submitted to Treaty Monitoring Bodies.
Clinic projects may also be directed towards engagement with regional
human rights systems, such as the Inter-American Commission/Court of
Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, or the African
Commission/Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Students are provided with further information on HU902 and the
Clinic during induction week.
Patricia Palacios Zuloaga,
Director, of the Human Rights Centre Clinic
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Developing practical skills
The Human Rights Centre Clinic aims to:
- Provide students with the opportunity to develop the skillset
necessary to become successful practitioners through structured
engagement in the practice of human rights.
- Provide students with the experience of working in a
professional human rights-based environment.
- Positively contribute to the overall practice of human rights
through engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms, and other
mechanisms as appropriate.
- Contribute to the capacity development of external partner
organisations, inter alia, by means of a sustained and collaborative
working relationship, and through the placement of Clinic staff.
- Demonstrate the practical application of human rights and its
relevance to ‘real-world’ issues.
Working in collaboration
The Clinic fosters cooperation between practitioners and academics,
whose complimentary knowledge and skills are essential in improving
analysis, informing practice, and advancing innovative approaches to
contemporary challenges in the field of human rights.
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