Direct participation: Law school clinics and international humanitarian law

Law school clinics focused on international humanitarian law (IHL) enable students to participate directly in the development and application of IHL through concrete "real world" work – from training to research and fact-finding, litigation to high-level advocacy, and many spaces in between. These opportunities do far more than just contribute to these students' development as effective, reflective lawyers, certainly a key goal of any clinical environment. Clinical IHL work also matches clinical pedagogy with cutting-edge issues in armed conflict to deepen students' law school experiences and enables them to engage in the IHL goals of promotion, implementation and enforcement.

Keywords: international humanitarian law, clinic, promotion, clinical education, law of armed conflict, Geneva Conventions.

About the authors

Laurie R. Blank
Clinical Professor

Laurie Blank is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law.

David Kaye
Clinical Professor

David Kaye is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. In June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed him Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.