Migrants' Rights Law Clinic (MRLC)

WHAT IT IS

While migration has never been higher on the international agenda, misperceptions surrounding the protection of migrants remain. Yet the duty to protect migrants’ rights has been firmly reaffirmed by UN Member States in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants of September 2016.

With such a need for an evidence-based approach to migration and human rights, the Migrants’ Rights Law Clinic (MRLC) stands as a unique initiative in the heart of International Geneva to foster neutral, practical and solution-oriented expertise and dialogue. The MRLC acts as an independent pool of expertise at the disposal of governments, as well as international and non-governmental organizations. Its aim is to provide objective and pro bono expertise on the multifaceted issues relating to the human rights of migrants. The services offered by the MRLC are tailored to stakeholders’ needs and can take a variety of forms, such as research briefs, preparatory research, fact-finding reports or expert opinions.

Supervised by Dr Vincent Chetail, Professor of International Law and Director of the Global Migration Centre (GMC), the MRLC capitalizes on the leading expertise of the GMC in the field of migration and human rights. It actively involves post-graduate students from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, offering them a unique practical experience during their studies. Striving for the highest quality and degree of professionalism, students are selected on the basis of their strong motivation, commitment and skills, while working under the close supervision of the GMC Director and in collaboration with GMC researchers.  

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FOR STAKEHOLDERS

The MRLC welcomes requests for pro bono expertise from any international organizations, non-governmental organizations or governments, in the form, for instance, of research briefs, preparatory research, fact-finding reports or expert opinions.

Please send us an email briefly stating your needs, the specific issue(s) to be dealt with and the timeline to globalmigration@graduateinstitute.ch.
 

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FOR STUDENTS

The MRLC relies on a pool of selected and highly committed post-graduate students from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Interested candidates should email in a single pdf file their CV, cover letter and grades transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate) to globalmigration@graduateinstitute.ch (please indicate ‘Law Clinic application’ in the subject of your email). Candidates are kindly asked to state their availability (hours per week and duration) in their application.