Global Anti-Racism

Through the seminar and clinic projects, students will be immersed in the theory and practice of international law, they will also work with existing and developing anti-racism international and regional mechanisms. Students will employ the full range of lawyering skills, including interviewing, legal research, writing, and analysis, strategic advocacy, and legal assistance.

In particular, Clinic students will support the work of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expert member and co-director of the Global Antiracism Clinic, Gay McDougall, currently a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Fordham Law School’s Leitner Center and Center on Race, Law and Justice.

Projects might include the following:

  • Monitoring and advancing the work of the antiracism architecture of the United Nations and regional bodies. This will include supporting Professor's McDougall's work on CERD, including reviewing the compliance of countries with their treaty obligations, and drafting General Recommendation related to the right to racial equality regarding on various issues
  • Giving specialized advice to international institutions, governments, and human rights organizations on best practices to identify and eliminate systemic practices that create or perpetuate discrimination
  • Gathering and assessing laws, policies, and regulations that address racial discrimination, the effects of inequality and remedies.

The clinic is a joint initiative of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Center on Race, Law and Justice.

Led by Professors Paolo Galizzi, Gay McDougall, Gemma Solimene, Zenande Booi and Elisabeth Wickeri, students in the Clinic will be working with international and regional experts, and civil society organizations on cases and projects that involve contemporary efforts to combat systemic racism and racist architectures in a range of contexts.