International Women's Human Rights

Haiti, November 2010. With KOFAVIV members (Commission of Women Victims to Victims) and displacement camp outreach workers, Clinical Law Prof. Lisa Davis (standing, right), IWHR Clinic Fellow Bradley Parker (standing, left) (kneeling, l-r) - 3L April Marcus, 3L Brenda Hasslinger, 3L Thyra Smith, 2010 IWHR alum Nora Smiley. Photo courtesy of Bradley Parker.


International Women's Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic students engage in cutting edge human rights work under close clinical supervision. The Clinic maintains a diverse docket of projects, providing students broad experience in human rights practice. Through the clinical seminar and project work, IWHR students develop a sound understanding of international human rights and sharpen lawyering skills necessary for effective law reform-oriented advocacy work applicable in both U.S. and international contexts.

Widely recognized for its expertise and contributions to gender jurisprudence and human rights practice, the IWHR Clinic advocates before international and regional human rights bodies and national and local courts and legal institutions. Our projects combat gender discrimination and sexual violence, advance reproductive and sexual rights and economic and social rights, and promote women's participation and empowerment. By addressing problems through the lens of human rights, IWHR students use international human rights law and institutions to challenge and expand rights protections in both domestic and international fora.


Rhonda Copelon: A Lasting Legacy

Professor Rhonda Copelon, co-founder of CUNY Law's International Women's Human Rights Clinic, discusses the impact and vision of the School's Clinic and the challenges and opportunities central to shifting the worldwide landscape for women's human rights.


Clinic Background

Founded in 1992 by Professors Rhonda Copelon and Celina Romany, the IWHR was one of the first law school human rights clinics in the United States.


Summer Internship Grants

The IWHR Clinic has 6 cutting-edge legal internship opportunities available for the summer of 2013 in Bogota Colombia, Geneva, Switzerland, Nairobi, Kenya, New York NY and Nepal/India.

IWHR Clinic News

UN Calls on U.S. to Halt Trial and Detention of Youth in Adult System

The IWHR Clinic and other advocates submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Rac >>

Prof. Soohoo on Protecting Incarcerated Youth from Sexual Violence

Professor Cynthia Soohoo was recently a guest on BrianLehrer.TV to discuss the importance of full im >>

Militants Sweep Towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

The IWHR Clinic at CUNY Law School and MADRE, an International women's human rights organization are >>

Advocates Release Report on Violations of Women's Human Rights in Syria

CUNY School of Law, MADRE and a coalition of international and Syrian women's human rights groups ha >>

Children's Lives at Stake: U.S. Policies of Incarcerating Children in Adult Correctional Facilities

Read this Human Rights At Home blog post by IWHR clinic students Nell Hirschmann-Levy and Meghan McL >>

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IWHR Clinic in Action

OHCHR open letter to investigate women's human rights violations in Iraq

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