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Students

The Global Gender Justice Clinic is a four-credit clinical course that explores how human rights law can be used to advance gender justice locally and globally.  Through a critical seminar and practical project work, students examine and engage in local, global, and transnational efforts to combat gender-based violence and discrimination.

Students work in teams on gender justice cases and projects for individuals, organizations, judges, intergovernmental human rights experts or bodies, or community groups. In doing so, they gain experience in diverse methods of human rights advocacy and develop skills such as  interviewing, fact-finding, project and case management, international and comparative legal research, legal drafting, and oral advocacy.  Students also have the opportunity to examine critically the ethical, political, cultural, and other challenges that affect the promotion of global gender justice.  Some projects involve optional domestic or international travel, and some projects address gender justice issues within the United States.

Seminar sessions offer an overview of substantive human rights law and gender rights issues, provide skills training, and seek to integrate the theory and practice of global gender justice advocacy. Students will spend approximately 12-15 hours per work on case or project work, including a weekly project team meeting outside of class time.

For descriptions of some of our current and prior clinic projects, please click here.

If you would like to apply to the Clinic, please pre-register and submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and short statement of interest describing why you are interested in participating in the Clinic to Professor Brundige (elizabeth.brundige@cornell.edu) by the deadline provided in the current course registration materials.  Please contact Professor Brundige if you have any questions or would like more information about the Clinic.