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Our goal

The aim of the Aix-en-Provence Law School's doctoral clinic on international human rights law is to promote and defend the values of justice and equality in international human rights law.


In order to achieve its aims, it carries out a range of activities, such as defending victims of human rights violations before international protection bodies:


  • the European Court of Human Rights

  • the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

  • the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

  • African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

  • the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

  • United Nations treaty committees


The Clinic participates in international trials before regional human rights courts as amicus curiae; training in the practice of international human rights law; and the promotion of scientific research in international human rights law, including the organization of seminars and conferences and the publication of reference books and articles.

Confidentiality and professionalism

All members of the Clinique are bound by a strict confidentiality clause with regard to all cases they handle, and in particular with regard to litigation cases or cases involving the development of a litigation strategy. They also undertake to respect the fundamental rules of ethics and deontology applicable to the exercise of their activities within the Clinic.

File selection

The Clinique is free to decide whether or not to take on cases submitted to it for advice, depending on availability, resources and the interest of the case in achieving its objectives. It does not act as a law firm, and in no way aims to replace the fundamental role played by lawyers in representing and defending victims. For this reason, litigation work is systematically supervised by a legal professional or a professional lawyer, within the framework of a clear and explicit partnership defining the roles of each, who draws on the Clinic's expertise in order to carry out litigation action.

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