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Anti-Torture Initiative

Anti-Torture Initiative

The strategies employed by the ATI, the methods developed, and the targeted focus on both country-specific and thematic follow-up work have had a tremendous impact on the landscape of efforts to fight and prevent torture in a very short period of time. The ATI has created a variety of new mechanisms and strategies which enabled the SRT’s work to have unprecedented impact and reach, and has helped both deepen and broaden the scope of the global anti-torture movement. Significantly, the ATI has played a role in supporting the development of norms, promoting the implementation of reforms and best practices in different jurisdictions. It has also engaged in strategic advocacy around thematic issues not traditionally encompassed by the torture and other ill-treatment framework, whether in terms of abuses in healthcare settings or the treatment of women, LGBTI persons, and gender non-conforming individuals and children, including by private actors.

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CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

Promoting Human Rights through Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. AUWCL established the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law as part of its long-standing commitment to international human rights and the rule of law. For nearly 30 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide support for human rights initiatives in the U.S. and around the world through teaching, scholarship and service. The Center engages in exciting innovations in human rights education and advocacy by way of training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications. All Center programming promotes the value of service, thereby grounding the Center as a core resource to the NGO community and a bridge between academia and civil society.

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Deans Fellowship

Deans Fellowship

Deans Fellowship is an opportunity given to students to work at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law,for 10-20 hours a week. Deans Fellows aid the coordination of the Inter-American MOOT Court Competition,the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the LL.M. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.Students gaining vast experience in administrative skills, and research in Human Rights.

GQUAL

GQUAL

GQUAL is a global campaign that seeks to promote gender parity in international tribunals and monitoring bodies.GQUAL seeks to study nomination and election procedures and implement differentiated strategies with the objective of including gender parity as a consideration and goal within them. This will also require taking into account the many differences between each State that takes part in the nomination process, and the many different procedures established for each international body. Over the next five years, the campaign will deploy three key strategies to promote parity in international bodies. GQUAL will: 1. Work with a number of States from different regions to adopt pledges to nominate and vote for international positions in parity. 2. Work with international tribunals and bodies and the international organizations that host them to promote the development of legal standards, guidelines, and mechanisms that incorporate gender parity as a criteria and objective of selections procedures, and make them more transparent and participatory 3. Create an engaged and active network to coordinate, strengthen and globalize the campaign’s actions through coordinated research, advocacy and communications. The campaign promotes the study of the under-representation of women in international bodies from the perspective of the law of human rights and will engage with international bodies to develop a better understanding of this implication.

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Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Competition is a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) event established to train law students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. Since its inception in 1995, it has trained over 3000 students and faculty participants from over 310 universities from the Americas and beyond. Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated within the Inter-American system, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition, and students argue the merits of this case by writing legal memoranda and preparing oral arguments for presentation in front of human rights experts acting as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY AND THE LAW

JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY AND THE LAW

The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, founded in 1992, provides a forum for those interested in gender issues and feminist legal studies. In 1998, the Journal expanded its mission to include social policy as well as gender issues. Our current approach reflects our intent to fill a void in legal scholarship by providing an opportunity for academic discussion that is otherwise overlooked by traditional journals. By focusing on gender and social policy issues, we are committed to creating a dialogue among disparate social, economic, and gender groups in order to find our common humanity under the law. The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law is published by students at American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to volume seven, the Journal was known as the American University Journal of Gender and the Law. In 1998, the Journal changed its name in an effort to reflect the more expansive range of topics published in the Journal. As always, the Journal remains dedicated to exploring gender and social issues in the law, providing a forum where those of all views can engage in rewarding and challenging discourse and debate.

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Lambda Law Society

Lambda Law Society

Lambda Law Society, WCL's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) student group, was founded in 1984 as a political, educational, and social organization. Lambda is dedicated to building awareness about LGBTQ legal issues, eliminating stereotypes about LGBTQ individuals, and fostering a supportive LGBTQ and ally community throughout the law school. Lambda is affiliated with the Washington, D.C., attorney organization, GAYLAW, and the National LGBT Bar Association. Lambda programs include speakers involved in current legal issues, films, panel discussions, community activism, and social events. Membership in Lambda is open to all students, regardless of sexual orientation.

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Study Abroad in Geneva: Human Rights, Labor, International Law Commission

Study Abroad in Geneva: Human Rights, Labor, International Law Commission

HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW: CURRENT CHALLENGES This course will focus on current developments in international human rights law and international humanitarian law and will allow students to explore the practical underpinnings of these two aspects of law in Geneva. Students will have access to the main actors in the United Nations system and civil society who shape the legal and political debate surrounding the UN Human Rights Council and its special mandates, as well as the work of UN treaty bodies. Students will study at the International Law Commission (ILC) with Professor Claudio Grossman. INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION: DECENT WORK AGENDA This course in will focus on the International Labor Organization in Geneva and the multiple ways in which it promotes rights at work, employment and social protection. The course will touch on diverse issues related to the protection of workers such as global supply chains, corporate social responsibility, rights of workers with disabilities, labor migration, and the rights of indigenous peoples, among others.

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Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is committed to a culture that promotes human rights and humanitarian law around the world by offering relevant, empowering training for scholars, practitioners, and students interested in the international human rights system and laws. We are confident that there is no better time to study human rights! The Program gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries with different levels of professional experience, all in Washington D.C. for an intensive 3 weeks of full immersion into the world of human rights. Through this Program, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs and Committee members of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s, and professors from all over the world.

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The Syrian Initiative to Combat Sexual Gender-Based Violence

The Syrian Initiative to Combat Sexual Gender-Based Violence

A Syrian society that supports SGBV survivors to speak out without fear of reprisal, united in its quest to hold perpetrators accountable and move towards eliminating SGBV from Syria. Adopting a victim-centered approach, we aim to support victims of sexual and gender-based violence by challenging misconceptions and societal stigma that silence them and exacerbate their suffering. We seek to fight impunity and strengthen accountability by generating legally admissible evidence of SGBV crimes, while enhancing the standards of pre-existing documentation efforts. We strive to cultivate a culture of collaboration among like-minded Syrian civil society actors. Launch targeted awareness raising campaigns regarding SGBV, and train a team of local advocates on new advocacy and rhetorical techniques to promote understanding of SGBV issues in their respective communities.

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Women and the Law Program

Women and the Law Program

The Women and the Law Program transforms legal education by opening up spaces for feminist legal scholarship, teaching, and activism. We bring together scholars who examine how legal doctrine shapes the lived experiences of women, and how law can be a tool to push back against discrimination and bigotry. Our teachers integrate gender into the law school classroom, asking the hard questions about how law and legal categories enable and constrain people on the basis of their sex, gender, sexuality, or identity. We work together with our students to create a world in which all people live free from gender-based oppression and violence.

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