Disability Human Rights Clinic

Subject not offered in 2023

What is the Disability Human Rights Clinic?

Students enrolled in the Disability Human Rights Clinic (DHRC) identify, analyse and report on rights violations experienced by persons with disabilities, and propose and advocate for solutions. They collaborate closely with a range of external stakeholders, including Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), government bodies, civil society organisations, international non-governmental organisations, and international human rights bodies. The clinic has a multidisciplinary focus bringing together the fields of disability studies and international human rights law.

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DHRC aims to enhance students' academic and professional skills in the areas of legal analysis, research, collaborative work and advocacy. It instils an understanding of the capacity and role of law and lawyers to create social, economic and political change, and the justness of being able to access the law. The Clinic gives students an appreciation of the relevance and value of applying disability human rights frameworks to Australian and international legal problems.

A further key aim is to ensure that the clinic's work is consistent with, and furthers, the objectives of DPOs through direct consultation with them in the design and execution of their clinical projects.

Potential clients/partner organisations

If your organisation is interested in collaborating with the Disability Human Rights Clinic, we would love to hear from you. If you have a particular project in mind, please complete the clinic template and send it to anna.arstein@unimelb.edu.au.

Enquiries about Disability Human Rights Clinic can be directed to the Subject Coordinator, Anna Arstein-Kerslake at anna.arstein@unimelb.edu.au.

DHRC research outcomes