*LAW-2326: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

The Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, and a network of Ghanaian Human Rights / Development organizations which began in 2002. Each year this team plans and implements clinical activities, which focus on a dimension of economic and social rights implementation on the ground.

This course is an academic workshop that wraps around and is concurrent with an on-going field-based clinical project in which students work with Ghanaian partners on economic and social rights realization on the ground. The course -- both the theoretical and practical dimensions -- are situated at the intersection of economic and social rights, development, and, human rights advocacy. Consult the clinical description for a more elaborate account of the partnership, the project's evolution, and the specific health rights which the 2017 partnership is likely to target.

The workshop, which awards 3 academic credits -- 1F/ 1W / 1S -- is designed to offer the theoretical frame for the 2016-17 theory/practice experience. Thus, the workshop will focus on Ghana in the context of its history, geography, religion and culture, socioeconomic profile, and development trajectory. It will also enable students to prepare for the interpersonal and cultural challenges of North/South lawyering partnerships. The fall and spring term workshop will include readings, group presentations, academic writing, and jointly produced background and follow-up documents anchored in the practical work . While in Ghana during the winter Term, the workshop will be centered on seminars, group discussions, consultations with public officials, and site visits that address the theoretical, doctrinal, policy, and sociocultural dimensions of their field-based engagements. There will also be time to visit Ghana's cultural sites and nature reserves.

Admission to the academic and clinical components is determined together, by permission of the instructor. Students should apply by submitting a two-page double spaced statement of interest and a one-page CV to the clinical office ( with a cc to Ellen Keng ( by 5:00pm on August 15, 2016. Accepted candidates will be enrolled in the clinic and clinical course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.


Lucie White








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