Title of Presentation: Advancing Human Rights and the Rule of Law through Clinical Development and Partnerships with Existing University Law Clinics

Names of all Presenters: Svetlana Bezinyan

Short Abstract: This session will present findings of a recent impact assessment of clinics developed by the Open Society Justice Initiative and a report on partnerships between the Open Society Justice Initiative and clinics. Since 2002, OSJI has developed over 80 university law clinics worldwide. In 2012, we embarked on a study to attempt to measure the impact of clinic design on former clinic students’ views on the role of lawyers in promoting social justice and on their own career paths. Clinics from Ukraine, Armenia, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Afghanistan were included in the study. In addition, OSJI began to partner with existing clinics on our own cases and litigation related projects in 2009. This second part of this session will highlight some of our more noteworthy cases and projects and discuss some of the challenges we face when involving law clinics directly in our work and the various plans for enhancing such collaborations.

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