Clinical Programs - International Human Rights

International Human Rights Clinic

Students in the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic work on a wide array of human rights projects, including litigation before international tribunals, U.S. and foreign courts; advocacy before UN bodies; and the investigation and reporting of human rights violations. Clinic participants have filed both party and amicus briefs in U.S. state and federal courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court. They have also filed petitions and prepared reports for hearings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Clinic students have also carried out international field research in India, Argentina, Colombia, Malawi, Liberia, and other countries. Through the International Human Rights Clinic, Cornell Law students have helped strengthen the rule of law in communities throughout the world.

Clinical Professors Sandra Babcock and Sital Kalantry each teach sections of the International Human Rights Clinic.

  • If you are interested in applying for Sandra Babcock's section of the Clinic, please click here.
  • If you are interested in applying for Sital Kalantry's section of the Clinic, please click here.

The Clinic provides free legal research and assistance to international NGOs working on key human rights projects. If you are seeking legal research and assistance on human rights projects, please see Request for Assistance.

Death Penalty Worldwide

The clinic is also engaged in research on the application of the death penalty around the world.  "Death Penalty Worldwide" was launched by Professor Babcock in 2011, and is the world's only publicly accessible database on the laws and practices of every state that still applies capital punishment.  To access the database and to view publications relating to international law and the death penalty, please click here.

For recent news coverage of the Clinic's work, please click here.

To learn more about the Clinic faculty and staff, please click here .