The Clinic is an original educational program hosted by the Sciences Po Law School in Paris. It empowers students and partner organizations to engage in cutting edge public interest projects. The Clinic has a two-prong mission: experimental learning by doing that is consistent with the contemporary practice of law and its challenges ; and the promotion of public interest and social justice at the local, national and global level.
These two missions rely on the in-depth involvement of Faculty members, students, professionals and partner organizations around innovative clinical projects running from local legal aid to designing corporate accountability tools to transnational advocacy campaigns. Academic research is an integral part of this project, which aims to influence the public debate inside and outside academic circles. It takes the form of both applied (studies, reports, memorandums) and academic research, as well as public events organized at Sciences Po.
The Sciences Po Law School Clinic covers three specific fields : issues pertaining to access to justice, corporate social responsibility and human rights in the context of economic globalization and development. Each topic is dealt with through a specific program built around a clinical seminar. These seminars are built around clinical projects and hands-on practical tools, as well as multidisciplinary and theoretical materials that aim to provide a contextual and reflective, critical lens to the clinical experience. These seminars are conducted by Law School Faculty members, as well as professionals drawn from different fields.
Jeremy Perelman has been involved in a variety of research, teaching and advocacy projects in the fields of human rights and development in the U.S., South Africa, Ghana and Latin America. He notably co-directed a research project for French institutions on access to justice in South Africa in 2000-2001, and was a researcher and consultant for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, an international NGO based in New York.
A member of the Paris Bar, Perelman holds Masters degrees in International Law and International Affairs from Stanford Law School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as a Doctorate (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the intersection between human rights based approaches to development, global economic governance, and social change advocacy in the Global South. He is the co-editor of Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human rights to Challenge Global Poverty (with Lucie E. White eds., Stanford University Press, November 2010), a volume co-authored by African human rights advocates and social justice scholars. He is since 2012 a Faculty Member of Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP)’s Annual Workshop, and has received an IGLP grant to co-direct a research project on Human Rights, Poverty and Heterodox Approaches to Development.
Before joining Sciences Po Law School in September 2011, Jeremy Perelman has been a Lecturer-in-Law and Fellow in Residence at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Jeremy Perelman is Assistant Professor at Sciences Po Law School, where he teaches or has taught International Human Rights Law (College), and seminars on « Human Rights, Global Poverty & Development » (Law School) and « Advocating for Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty » (PSIA). He is also the Faculty and Executive Director of the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the scientific and pedagogical supervisor for the clinic’s HEDG and RISE programs. He was awarded a Seed Grant for Joint Faculty Projects from the Alliance Columbia program in 2012, as well as a grant from the French Ministry of Justice’s Mission de Recherche Droit et Justice in November 2013 for a collaborative project co-directed with Marie Mercat-Bruns focusing on anti-discrimination law and institutions. He sits on the Editorial Committee of the European Journal of Human Rights.