About Human Rights

Human Rights @ Duke Law provides an integrated approach to human rights education, advocacy and scholarship that places students at the intersection of human rights theory and practice, both domestically and abroad.

Through an extensive curriculum, Duke Law's international and comparative law faculty equips students to deepen their knowledge and critical assessment of human rights laws, institutions, advocacy, and scholarship. Experiential learning opportunities such as the International Human Rights Clinic and Advanced International Human Rights Clinic; summer and post-graduate fellowships, including a dedicated post-graduate fellowship in international law and human rights; and Duke Law's externship program, provide a bridge between these theoretical foundations and the skills necessary for domestic and international human rights advocacy, as well as to prepare students for the increasingly global nature of legal practice more generally.

Additionally, a rich "Human Rights in Practice" series organized by the Center for International & Comparative Law (CICL) and the International Human Rights Clinic, as well as other human rights lectures, panels, and other events, provide opportunities to connect with leading human rights practitioners and scholars on cutting-edge human rights issues and to showcase the international and comparative scholarship of Duke Law faculty. Graduate degrees for international students and the Visiting scholars program diversify Duke Law's network of practitioners, scholars, and alumni, enriching the intellectual life and international and comparative law expertise at the Law School.

Through the JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law, as well as the student-edited Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law and a range of student organizations, such as the International Human Rights Law Society, students have unique opportunities—including practice opportunities, study abroad, and scholarship—to develop the high-level skills and knowledge required for competitive placements in international organizations, governments, and NGOs. A new Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law is also offered as a one-month residential program in Leiden and The Hague, the Netherlands, beginning in the Summer 2018 for students interested in studying international and comparative law.


Members of the Duke Law International Human Rights ClinicNoble Foundation gift expands Duke Law’s human rights program

In making the gift, David D. Noble ’66, president of the Noble Foundation, said that it was ‘a privilege’ to support an expansion of the program and that ‘it is hard to imagine any more important work.'

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Jayne HuckerbyDuke Law launches the International Human Rights Clinic

Jayne Huckerby, a prominent human rights lawyer, advocate, and teacher, joined the faculty in 2013 as an associate clinical professor of law and director of the new clinic, the Law School’s ninth.

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