The Right to Adequate Housing Clinic (RAHC) aims at giving Bachelor and Master students an opportunity to engage with the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Ms Leilani Farha. The Special Rapporteur has a worldwide mandate and is part of the ‘Special Procedures’ of the UN Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur reports to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on a yearly basis and she conducts fact-finding missions into Member States of the UN three times a year. In addition, she receives communications from individuals whose right to adequate housing is threatened or violated by the State under whose jurisdiction they are. The RAHC will give participants an overview of the contents and meaning of the right to adequate housing as it is contained in international and regional instruments and it will discuss the role of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing in the United Nations human rights system. The Clinic will start with a lecture and subsequently, one session per two months is foreseen including skype meetings with Ms Leilani Farha and her assistant Julieta Perruca. Attending the lecture is mandatory. Each student will be expected to assist the Special Rapporteur in writing general communications on the influence of climate change on the right to adequate housing to Member States of the UN. Possibly, some of the students may be requested to help with urgent appeals. Students will be recruited in September and in February. They need to be available for at least three months. Students who wish to apply must have taken courses in international law as well as in human rights law. Excellent command of the English language is a must; command of French and/or Spanish or another language is an advantage.
Prior knowledge of international law and human rights law is needed.
By way of preparation students are expected to read Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights General Comments No 4 (adequate housing) and No 7 (forced evictions). Further readings will be distributed during the clinic.