The Human Rights in Practice course is working with TrialWatch this year on an initiative focused on monitoring local trials to assess the fairness of trials according to international human rights standards.  All students in this course will attend online trainings and participate in an interactive trial monitoring interactive trial monitoring training based on international human rights standards developed in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

The Programme aims to:

  1. Expose students to the challenges and skills of acting in the role of a lawyer/advocate/legal educator within the unstructured situations that international human rights lawyers confront in practice;
     

  2. Provides students with opportunities to implement knowledge gained through prior university coursework;
     

  3. Instruct students in the theory and practice of domestic and international human rights law, and comparative legal analysis;
     

  4. Give students an opportunity to practice their professional skills and ethics;
     

  5. Encourage critical analysis of the law, the relationship between international and domestic legal systems, and the clients place and the lawyer role within the international legal system;
     

  6. Provide students an opportunity to evaluate the real-life application and effects of international human rights instruments, as well as contribute to the promotion, progressive enforcement and internalization of international human rights; and
     

  7. Train and certify a body of independent Trial Monitors who can continue their contributions to the development of a body of work on the right to fair trial globally as they progress in their academic and professional careers.

THE TRIALWATCH PROGRAMME

PEOPLE

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Sharron Fast

Wallace Fan

This project is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee.