International Women's Human Rights
Our International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) focuses on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, economic and social rights, children’s rights and anti-trafficking work.
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.
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.
On October 13th Yanar Mohammed, Iraqi women’s rights activist and founder of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), will address the United Nations Security Council next week where she will speak directly to world leaders about the violence that has seized Iraq, Syria and much of the region, including the rise of ISIS.
Click here to view two reports the IWHR Clinic submitted in collaboration with OWFI that document gender-based violence committed against women and LGBT persons in Iraq. OWFI has been a client of the Clinic for two years.
IWHR Clinic News
Operator of Iraqi “Underground Railroad” for survivors of abuse to speak out on Iraqi government’s u >>
This week at the United Nations, government representatives called on the U.S. to end the practice o >>
The Women Confronting ISIS symposium, held at CUNY Law on March 6, provided an opportunity for peopl >>
Yesterday, Professor Lisa Davis testified before Congress at a hearing organized by the Tom Lantos H >>
Friday, the U.N. Committee Against Torture (“Committee”) strongly criticized the United States for s >>