IHRC Clinic at work

Creation of a New International Human Rights Clinic 

The IHRC was founded in 2014 by Professors Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak and Steven D. Schwinn as a continuation of The John Marshall Law School’s long-standing history and dedication to human rights. JMLS’s history in human rights ranges in topics from the rule of law, prisoner’s rights, torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity, rights of minorities, immigrant rights, and the rights of older persons, among others.

The IHRC works closely with the JMLS International Human Rights Program, where students may obtain a Certificate in International Human Rights and it provides for a variety of events, teaching, scholarly work, academic exchanges, and field trips.

Our Mission 

The John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan law school legal clinic dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in the United States and around the world. The IHRC offers students a background in human rights advocacy through the practical experience of working in international human rights cases and projects.

To achieve our mission, the IHRC works in the following:

  1. Collaborates with a range of partners in both academia and the advocacy field to develop human rights accountability mechanisms.
  2. Documents and disseminates information on pressing issues in human rights.
  3. Serves as a platform and forum for dialogue between individuals and entities sharing innovative ideas and methods in human rights.