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WCL Professor Robert Dinerstein conducts training in Argentina for new disability rights clinicians from across Latin America and Africa

Prof. Robert Dinerstein, Director of the WCL Disability Rights Law Clinic and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, traveled to Argentina during the first week of July to conduct a three-day training for new disability rights clinicians from Latin America and Africa. The training, titled “Initial Training for Directors of In-House Clinics,” was held as part of a joint project under the auspices of the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Open Society Foundations’ Disability Rights Initiative.

The collaboration’s objective is to develop law school based clinics that (1) provide law students with opportunities to work on actual court cases or otherwise assist real clients in disability rights related matters, with particular emphasis on cases toward implementing articles 12, 13, 19, 24, and 29 of the UN CRPD; (2) gives students as much responsibility and client contact as possible while providing close supervision and guidance; (3) includes a classroom component that combines the teaching of substantive law with skills training; and (4) provides opportunities for students to reflect on ethical issues and inequities in the legal system. 

Prof. Dinerstein addressed a wide range of issues during the training, including organizational matters involved in the initial development of a clinic and approaches to topic selection for clinical seminars, as well as ethical issues and issues that arise in clinical supervision, among others.

Learn more about the Center's program on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities.