International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop

Professor Seánna Howard leads the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop, where students participate in cases and advocacy projects focusing on petitions and initiatives with substantial international human rights dimensions involving indigenous peoples. IPLP faculty and staff are currently involved in human rights and other advocacy projects promoting the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Students in the workshop gain valuable experience working within regional and international human rights bodies to advocate for indigenous peoples’ human rights.

Professor Howard has been with IPLP for more than 10 years, working on precedent-setting cases representing indigenous communities before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations, and domestic courts in Canada and Belize.

Projects also involve the use of international human rights standards in advocacy at the domestic level, including domestic litigation, and in monitoring the activities of business matters that bear upon human rights. Past projects have included students in drafting legal briefs, human rights reports, amicus briefs, press statements, educational materials, and witness affidavits for cases in Belize, Canada, Congo, Brazil, Mexico, Suriname, Nicaragua and United States.

Each semester students have the opportunity to work on a wide range of advocacy projects. Current examples of workshop projects include:

  • Self-determination Initiatives with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs: IPLP faculty and clinic students in the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop have partnered with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) on a series of comprehensive research and advocacy projects to help inform the OHA’s initiatives to advance the self-determination of Native Hawaiian peoples
  • San Francisco Peaks Petition: Representing the Navajo Nation, IPLP faculty, staff, and students have submitted a petition before the Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to protect the San Francisco Peaks and the religious practices and spiritual beliefs of the Navajo people