The Human Rights Clinic Brings Controversial Issue of Stand Your Ground Laws to IACHR
The Human Rights Clinic and its partners Dream Defenders, Free Marissa Now Coalition, NAACP, and the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services were recently granted a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on "Stand Your Ground" laws. The hearing will take place at the Inter-American Commission's Office in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2014. At the hearing, the coalition will argue that Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law has had a detrimental impact on minorities in the state.
The Human Rights Clinic, which launched in January 2011, exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.
In the classroom, students critically engage with human rights law and contemporary social problems while honing their lawyering and advocacy skills. Outside the classroom, students gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge human rights projects and cases before the United Nations, the Inter-American human rights system, U.S. courts, and in other fora.
Clinic projects cover the full range of human rights advocacy, though in particular, projects focus on:
Caroline Bettinger-López, former Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School runs the Human Rights Clinic. Read article about Bettinger-López joining Miami Law.
Kelleen Corrigan is Practitioner-in-Residence/Lecturer and Supervising Attorney at the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic.
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Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students with Professor Bettinger-López
Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students Lea Dartevelle and Miya Patel discuss the plight of Haitian deportees from the U.S. with a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) at UNHCR headquarters in Washington, DC.
Our delegation, consisting of Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and 3L Charlotte Cassel from the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic; Ahmad Abuznaid from Dream Defenders; Meena Jagannath from Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services; Niaz Kasravi from NAACP; and Alisa Bierria and Aleta Alston-Toure from Free Marissa Now Coalition, pose for a photo after the hearing with Sybrina Fulton, Ron Davis, and IACHR Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine.
Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.
James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Clinic students Daniella Peterson, James Slater, and Charlotte Cassel, together with Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Marleine Bastien from Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), and Meena Jagannath from the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, stand in front of the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva.