📍Suppression of the Right to Protest in America:
About the Protest and Assembly Rights Project –
In January 2012, international human rights and U.S. civil liberties experts at seven law school clinics across the United States formed the Protest and Assembly Rights Project. This joint project investigated the United States response to Occupy Wall Street in light of the government’s international legal obligations.
The participating law clinics are:
📍Project Directors and Coordinators:
The Global Justice Clinic (GJC) at NYU School of Law provides high quality, professional human rights lawyering services to individual clients and non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, partnering with groups based in the United States and abroad, or undertaking its own projects. Serving as legal advisers, counsel, co-counsel, or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world.
The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School aims to train a new generation of human rights lawyers and to inspire results-oriented, practical human rights work throughout the world. The Clinic works in partnership with non-governmental organizations and foreign law schools on international human rights projects ranging from legal and policy analysis, fact-finding and report writing, human rights training and capacity-building, and public interest litigation. The views expressed herein are not reflective of the official position of Fordham Law School or Fordham University.
The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School is a center for active engagement in human rights within a context of critical reflection. The Clinic works on a range of international human rights and humanitarian law projects on a variety of topics and in countries throughout the world, including the United States. Under the close supervision of clinical faculty, and in collaboration with other organizations and advocates working towards social justice, Clinic students advance the interests of clients and affected communities through a range of approaches and strategies, including documentation, litigation, research, and community education.
The International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School provides direct representation to victims and works with communities that have suffered or face potential rights abuse. The Clinic seeks both to train advocates and advance the cause of human rights and global justice and to promote sustainable conflict resolution. In its first year, the Clinic has addressed labor rights, transitional justice, gang violence and violations of the laws of war in countries as diverse and distant as Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Turkey and the United States.
The Civil Rights Clinic at the Charlotte School of Law gives students an opportunity to engage in real-world advocacy while at the same time advancing local civil rights causes. The Clinic educates students in various ways to perform many of the different traditional litigation skills (fact investigation, pleading, motions practice, depositions, trial work, etc.), and also teaches how to be creative within ethical bounds in order to embrace different models of advocacy to advance the particular cause or client’s interest for which they are working.
The Community Justice section of Loyola Law Clinic-New Orleans teaches law students substantive, procedural and practical advocacy skills in order to assist community members with post-disaster housing and government accountability issues. Particular emphasis is placed on social justice issues and community lawyering. Under faculty supervision, clinic students work as the lead lawyers and partner with co-counsel on individual and impact litigation civil and human rights cases.
The Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers School of Law-Newark has worked on cutting-edge constitutional reform since its founding in 1970. Through the clinic, students not only learn the law, they make the law. Students are actively involved in all aspects of the clinic’s work, including deciding which cases to take, interviewing clients, developing the facts, crafting legal theories, drafting legal briefs and preparing for oral arguments.