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In 2011, Nathan Miller designed and launched the International Legal Clinic at the University of Iowa College of Law.  The Clinic offers students a blend of projects aimed at strengthening state institutions as well as at securing accountability for violations of human rights. Thus the Clinic combines sovereign representation with more traditional human rights advocacy. Among other things, that combination exposes students to the complexities of an international system in which states can be both impediments to and drivers of social change. The Clinic’s sovereign representation practice focuses on work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Kosovo conducted by teams of clinical students in Iowa and by interns serving in the Ministry's offices in Pristina.  

The clinic’s human rights practice partners with NGOs in the U.S. and abroad on a range of advocacy projects. Partners include the ACLU of Iowa, the Midwest Coalition on Human Rights, and Al Haq, the leading human rights NGO in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Some of the Clinic's work in this area aims at leveraging international enforcement mechanisms.  Past students have had the opportunity to present their reporting work to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva and to conduct field research in the West Bank in furtherance of a complaint to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  Other human rights projects have adopted a more local focus.  In 2014, for instance, the Clinic released, along with the ACLU of Iowa, a comprehensive  study of the policies governing the use of tasers by Iowa law enforcement. 

Students interested in the International Legal Clinic should contact Director Nathan Miller at