Monday, 23 May 2016 at 9 am
PK-1140,Pavillon Président Kennedy de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 201 avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Québec)
The clinical pedagogical approach is traditionally associated with action research, meaning research that pursues different types of action with the objective of transforming certain conditions and furthering knowledge in the eld of research. UQAM’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU in its French acronym) has been active in this type of research for 10 years, specialising in the promotion and protection of International Human Rights Law via clinical teaching. As a result of what is sometimes called the « Global Clinical Movement », there are nowadays numerous clinics all around the world, which combine teaching, research and practice in the eld of Human Rights Law. These clinics’ activities possess auniqueandthusfarunder-estimatedpotentialasregards their contribution to the development of International Law.
The CIDDHU’s 10-year-anniversary serves as the occasion for bringing together a high-calibre group of experienced international clinical scholars and collaborators in order to reflect on how clinical legal research contributes to the development of international law, and more specifically to the development of International Human Rights Law and related fields. This conference aims to :
(1) share theoretical as well as practical knowledge and experience on clinical legal research;
(2) re ect on the research outcomes of action research in a clinical setting as regards International Law and more speci cally International Human Rights Law;
(3) identify and evaluate the impact of clinical action research on international legal practice in different settings, including private practice, civil society organisations and more generally national or international justice systems.
At the same time, the conference will be an opportunity to shed light on different action research methods and best practices that have been developed within the participating clinics and to strengthen institutional ties between the respective institutions and actors.