Want to Gain Hands-On Experience in International Development and Human Rights? Apply for the International Human Rights Clinic!

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls & LLMs! Interested in International Human Rights and Development? Do you want hands-on experience working on real-life issues with expert support and supervision? Apply for the International Human Rights Clinic!

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If you are interested in gaining practical experience in international development and/or human rights, it is not too late to apply for three great opportunities to do work with great non-profit, non-governmental organizations right here at UW Law:

Development Innovations Lab (LAW B569) [Prof. Lenga-Long – Th 10:30–12:20 – 3 Winter/ 3 Spring], working with

  • NewCourse on a project involving human trafficking – http://anewcourse.org/
  • One additional organization on a project involving development and human rights

Global Development Policy Workshop (LAW B586) [Prof. Hedin – Tues 8:30–10:20 – 2 Winter/ 2 Spring], working with

International Human Rights Clinic (LAW E556)  [Prof. Gonza – Wed 10:30–12:20 – 3 Winter/ 3 Spring], working with 

To apply, be sure to fill out the 2015-16 Joint application for all clinics here. Learn more about the clinic and other human rights and international development courses here.

A Winter Quarter Studio: Increasing Bicycle Access to Sea-Tac Airport

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URBDP 598 Section J
Instructor: Dan Carlson
3-5 Credits
Fridays 1:30-5:20 PM

For more information, email Dan Carlson at kareli@uw.edu or Larissa Maziak at la0@uw.edu

This interdisciplinary studio will document the current state of bicycle connectivity in and
around Sea-Tac International Airport, and the status of plans for bicycle routes and services in surrounding jurisdictions and at the Port of Seattle. We will identify gaps and opportunities in plans and funding to reach more integrated bicycle connectivity with the airport. We will also explore issues and opportunities for inter-jurisdictional cooperation and conclude with a plan for the next phase for making Sea-Tac airport and its surroundings more bicycle friendly.

This studio builds on the work of a 2013 URBDP studio, which outlined actions the Port could take to make the airport more bicycle friendly. Many of these recommendations have been implemented. But many remain to be addressed.

Rising Rates Pose Challenge to Health Law

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By: Louise Radnofsky, Paul Overberg, and Stephanie Armour | The Wall Street Journal | Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Many people signing up for 2016 health policies under the Affordable Care Act face higher premiums, fewer doctors and skimpier coverage, which threatens the appeal of the program for the healthy customers it needs.

Insurers have raised premiums steeply for the most popular plans at the same time they have boosted out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, copays and coinsurance in many of their offerings. The companies attribute the moves in part to the high cost of some customers they are gaining under the law, which doesn’t allow them to bar clients with existing health conditions.

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Honduran 2001 Murder Case Filed in Human Rights Court

By: teleSUR | Photo credit: IACHR

IACHR Delegates

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed the case of a Honduran man, murdered in 2001 as a congressional candidate, to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for investigation on Tuesday.

Angel Pacheco Leon was murdered on Nov. 23, 2001 when he was a candidate for the Honduran National Congress, but the case has long been met with impunity.

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Somalia: senior UN official calls for global support to improve human rights situation

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By: UN News Centre | Photo of Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović | Photo credit: UN Photo/Omar Abdisalan

While noting significant improvement in several sectors in long-troubled Somalia, a senior United Nations official today warned that the country’s progress is “at risk” without increased support from international partners to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

“Despite persisting challenges there is a significant improvement in the security situation in Somalia,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Šimonović told reporters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, at the end of a five-day visit to the country.

Mr. Šimonović also observed that meaningful progress has been made by Somalia in its operations against Al Shabaab militia, in the implementation of the Human Rights Road Map, in reforming the justice and security sectors, in the State-building process and the consultations on an electoral model for 2016.

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Have you Already Secured a Summer Internship doing Social Justice Work? Don’t Miss Out on an Early Application for Funding

On Human Rights Day, UN Official Calls for Member States to ‘Stamp Out Torture’

Jean-Marc Ferre

By: UN News Centre

10 December 2014 – Governments must ramp up their efforts in eradicating the practice of torture and compensate the victims of this “most vicious of crimes,” the top United Nations human rights official has urged, as he marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture.

In a press statement issued today following the release of two “ground-breaking” reports – one from the United States and another from Brazil – on the use of torture by both Governments, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on all Member States “to act unequivocally” in stamping out the practice.

“Today is not only Human Rights Day,” Mr. Zeid said, as he recalled the UN-backed observance commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “it is also the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture on 10 December 1984.”

“Yet, as yesterday’s US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report shows, torture is still taking place in quite a few of the 156 countries that have ratified the Convention against Torture and have domestic legislation making it illegal.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Applications Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyer’s Guild’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights Essay Award: Call for Submissions, Due 2/1/15

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 39 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For detailed guidelines about the award, click here.

Attention US Citizens! David L. Boren Fellowship, Applications Due 1/27/15

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The David L. Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests (Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).  Boren Fellows receive up to $24,000 for overseas study or up to $30,000 for a combination of overseas and domestic study.

Deadline: January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM (PST)

For UW Information Session Webinars: December 9, 2014 and January 6, 2015.  Register online here.

For more information, click here.