International Law Practicum
The following courses offer students an opportunity to engage in advanced legal writing, research, and development of advocacy materials in matters of substantive international and foreign national law. Goals are to harmonize classroom legal learning with the practical work of lawyers in a diversity of transnational settings, thereby offering a capstone kind of learning experience in international law which bridges the gap between the study and practice of law.
TRANSNATIONAL TRIBUNALS – Professor Rice
This innovative International Law Practicum works with the defense attorneys of the Office of Public Counsel for Defence at the International Crime Court, specific defense functions at the Military Commissions Defense Counsel - Guantanamo, and when requested the Karadzic defense team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The role of the Practicum is to assist with the right to a fair trial and to support fair trials through effective representation of the accused. W&L students in the Practicum have been undertaking detailed legal research and factual analysis. Prior work has been recognized by the lawyers for its excellence and has been used directly in court proceedings. For the students, researching a broad range of issues under international law and human rights has been a challenge, as many of the questions involved have not been answered before.
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TRANSNATIONAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE – Professor Rice
Transnational Access to Justice is offered as a Human Rights Practicum through a joint program at Washington and Lee University School of Law and Hebron University College of Law in Hebron, Palestine, West Bank. The Practicum is taught in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and will focus on Access to Justice, Prison Conditions and Rights of Pretrial Detainees. For the 2014-2015 semesters third-year law students at W&L and selected law students at the Hebron University College of Law will participate in the Practicum on a semester basis. The Practicum's purpose is drawn from key provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/67/187, "United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems," UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice ("The Beijing Rules"), UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, and UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/65/229, United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules). The Practicum is taught over video conferencing and culminates with W&L students' working 10 to 12 days in Palestine with their Palestinian colleagues on justice and prison conditions and a 1 to 2 day workshop with the Israeli Public Defender office in Jerusalem and its clinical law intern students in support of the Practicum's broad goal of building greater access to justice in Palestine's criminal justice system. Airfare and housing will be provided.
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TRANSNATIONAL EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS - SERBIA – Professor Rice
Students will study International Human Rights issues through the cases and procedures of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This Practicum is jointly taught (by video conference) with students and faculty from Union University School of Law in Belgrade, Serbia and includes occasional presentations by judges sitting on the ECHR. The principle work anticipated will be in three categories: Past and current cases to study the procedures and case law of the ECHR, cases focused on disadvantaged prison populations and other groups in need of pro bono legal services, and International Human Rights issues from other jurisdictions that relate to or can be influenced by the case law of the ECHR. Selected case(s) before the grand Chamber will be studied in detail and will result in a student drafted opinion with analysis on the issue(s) presented to the Court. Additionally, weekly subjects will be compared with the relevant and comparative provisions of the US Bill of Rights and case law developed under it by the United States Supreme Court. Washington & Lee students will be responsible for researching, selecting and presenting the US case law to their Serbian colleagues for discussion and analysis of the opinions in each court. There is an optional trip, not funded, for students to visit Belgrade for a joint meetings and class. The Belgrade trip is followed by travel to the ECHR in Strasbourg, France to observe a case in the Grand Chamber.