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The International Human Rights Clinic at the COL was founded in 2013 as a pillar of the University of Wyoming’s Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy. The clinic is supported by a dedicated endowment and features advocacy directed by faculty supervisors, as well as a classroom component. The clinic’s international human rights advocacy has included:
Litigating a path-breaking maternal mortality case before the Constitutional Court in Uganda
Conducting an investigation into trafficking and modern day slavery in the Southeast Asian seafood industry
Providing a report to immigration judges on country conditions in Ethiopia
Research into the torture of dissidents in Bahrain
An investigation into oil governance practices in East Africa.
Closer to home, the clinic has successfully represented dozens of asylum seekers, the clinic drafted an influential amicus brief in the 2015 Supreme Court case concerning same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, and the clinic has researched and drafted an economic analysis of the contributions of immigrants to Teton County.
* All clinics are subject to change in terms of content, caseload, and specific course focus in any given year.
The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Wyoming College of Law submitted to the Asian Development Bank a report on trends in implementing international human rights standards by the Bank’s borrower countries. The report focused on 1) stakeholder engagement rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association; 2) minority rights; 3) women’s rights and gender equality, including with respect to participation; and 4) labor rights. The purpose of the report was to inform the ADB’s revision of its Safeguards Policy Statement (SPS).