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International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic

Professor Kalantry founded Cornell Law School’s first international human rights clinic in the Spring of 2007. Under her supervision, the Cornell Law Students enrolled in the Clinic produced numerous impactful human rights reports, engaged in strategic litigation for the protection of minority rights, and produced several training manuals on human rights. The Clinic collaborated on numerous projects with the Avon Center for Women and Justice, of which Professor Kalantry was the founding faculty director. A sample of this clinic’s past projects can be found here.

In the 2013, Professor Kalantry founded the University of Chicago’s International Human Rights Clinic and directed that clinic for two years. She then returned to Cornell Law School and now is the director of the International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic.

The International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic is a course open only to second and third year students at Cornell Law School. In the Clinic, students learn key lawyering skills such as interviewing, legal research, legal writing, and developing practical solutions to complex problems. Students in the Clinic conduct fact-finding, which often involves foreign and domestic travel and work in teams to produce a policy report designed to impact legislation or other policies to improve the lives of vulnerable groups and communities in the United States and abroad. In the Spring of 2017, students in the clinic designed, researched and wrote a report for the Indian Parliament on a bill pending to ban compensated surrogacy in India and for the New York State Legislature on a bill pending to permit compensated surrogacy in New York. The Clinic students traveled to New Delhi to work with students at the National Law University in Delhi to interview women who were surrogates, doctors, lawyers, and government officials in connection with the report.

This course is taught every Spring semester at Cornell Law School and each year a new project and theme will be announced in advance of registration. Registration and application information will be sent to you by the registrar’s office. Please contact Professor Kalantry if you have any questions.

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