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The University of Southern California Gould School of Law has hired Hannah Garry, clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, to launch an international human rights clinic. “Basically, we hired her because of her ideas for founding this clinic,” said USC Law School Dean Robert Rasmussen. “It’s her expertise and her innovation in the clinic that made her attractive to us.” Garry will join USC on Aug. 1. She has been a visiting professor, lecturer and research fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law since 2007. Before that, she was deputy chief of cabinet and legal officer in the office of the president and appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands. Early in her career, she was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer, practicing international arbitration and public international law in New York and London. The new clinic, which tentatively plans to have students enrolled on Jan. 1, will allow students to work on cases before international tribunals and with lawyers in Africa who represent asylum seekers and refugees. Students will focus on civil litigation involving human rights violations abroad, bringing claims under the Alien Tort Statute. Rasmussen said that the clinic, which is expected to have about eight students each semester, will be the first at USC to focus exclusively on international law, which is of growing interest. “It will give students an opportunity to interact with legal regimes outside the United States,” he said. “Once we get this up and running, it’ll give students an opportunity to do some international negotiations, some litigation — a whole broad variety of competencies that I think we’ll expect of lawyers in the 21st century.”

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