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International Human Rights

Clinical Professor Chi Mgbako discusses the important work of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic.

Become a human rights defender.

The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic will train you to become a strategic, reflective, and creative social justice advocate.

The clinic works in partnership with grassroots justice organizations, international NGOs, and foreign law schools on projects focused on gender justice and anti-carceral human rights advocacy.

The IHRC has worked on numerous projects, including petitions to United Nations Human Rights bodies documenting abuses against African sex workers and people in prison; human rights trainings on women and HIV/AIDS, queer refugee rights, and female genital cutting; reports on police abuse of marginalized communities, employment discrimination against transgender people, and access to safe abortion; legal research for a successful lawsuit challenging the forced HIV testing of sex workers; mobile legal aid clinics in rural communities; and global gender equality education campaigns.

Founded and led by Professor Chi Adanna Mgbako, a celebrated human rights advocate and scholar, the Clinic employs a range of advocacy methods, including legal and policy analysis, fact finding and report writing, submissions before human rights bodies, legislative drafting, comparative legal research for public interest litigation, and direct legal assistance.