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Celebrating 25 years of advancing the field of International Human Rights Law


Sophie Boussols

IHRP clinic students provided a rigorous legal analysis of the Mexican government’s complicity in rights violations against journalists. I have referred to the resulting report in newspaper articles, correspondence with heads of state, and at public speaking events. John Ralston Saul, President, PEN International, Canadian author and essayist

Advocacy Through our award-winning clinic and volunteer working groups, the IHRP enhances the legal protection of existing and emerging international human rights. • Successfully intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Omar Khadr case, in partnership with Human Rights Watch and the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.

• Supported the Refugee Law Office with complaints to the U.N. Human Rights Committee alleging breach of right to family on behalf of refugees from Somalia and Zimbabwe.

• Filed complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of 13 Roma families alleging gross violations of human rights; obtained financial compensation from Romanian government and commitment to implement measures to prevent discrimination.

• With Avocats Sans Frontières, presented report to the Ugandan government regarding excessive pre-trial detention; the report received local media attention and dialogue with state authorities is ongoing.

• Responded to dozens of requests from refugee lawyers for comprehensive briefs on persecution of sexual minorities in countries around the world.

• Brought an international human rights perspective to local efforts to hold the government of Kenya accountable for sexual violence against girls.


Capacity-Building The IHRP provides future lawyers with experiential learning opportunities that emphasize intellectual rigour, ethics, and professionalism. Our alumni have gone on to careers at international courts, NGOs, the U.N., and academic institutions. The IHRP has sent over 300 summer interns to organizations around the world, including the International Criminal Court, UN Women, Human Rights Watch, and grassroots NGOs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Fostering Dialogue The IHRP brings together students, academics, NGOs, and the private sector to discuss cutting-edge international human rights issues. • James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples • Christine Chinkin, Professor, London School of Economics • Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the UN and Chair, Steven Lewis Foundation • Bahame Tom Nyanduga, Commissioner, African Human Rights Commission • Kimberly Prost, UN Ombudsperson, Al-Qaida and Taliban “no fly list”

My IHRP internship nearly 25 years ago opened doors for my eventual career in international human rights law. Diane Goodman, Deputy Representative, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Nepal

• Naresh Singh, former Executive Director, UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor • Ken Wiwa, plaintiff in civil action against Royal Dutch Shell


This internship has already provided the most in-depth, hands-on (at times overwhelming) crash course in refugee rights I could have hoped for. Ben Liston, IHRP Intern,UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Nepal, 2011

The International Human Rights Program is one of the hallmarks of our Faculty’s focus on international law, and I am so proud that it continues to grow and expand in ways that impact both our students and global society.

Mayo Moran, Dean, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Contact Information Renu J. Mandhane, J.D., LL.M. Director and Clinical Lecturer

Targeted Engagement Corporate accountability for human rights is an area where the IHRP is poised to make a significant impact due to our faculty’s expertise and location in Canada. We have launched initiatives that will promote increased transparency for transnational corporations operating abroad, provide greater access to justice for communities affected by Canadian businesses, and bring together diverse stakeholders to foster knowledge- exchange on these important issues.

International Human Rights Program University of Toronto Faculty of Law 416-946-8730 ihrp.law@utoronto.ca www.utorontoihrp.com

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