Global Rights Compliance and Vanderbilt Law School establish formal strategic partnership

Jun 5, 2019

Global Rights Compliance offers international advisory services and litigation support focusing on human rights and international humanitarian law. The partnership allows Vanderbilt Law students to work as legal interns for GRC’s trial and consultancy teams and, through Vanderbilt’s Practice Lab, on other projects.

GRC’s longstanding relationship with the prestigious Vanderbilt Law School is being formalised. We are privileged to be affiliated as a strategic partner with Vanderbilt, in particular the International Law Practice Lab. Vanderbilt is ranked in the top 20 law schools across America.

GRC have worked with the eminent Professor Michael Newton and his innovative Practice Lab which provides expert assistance to judges, lawyers, legislatures, governments, and policy makers around the world at Vanderbilt since 2017.

GRC have organised and benefited from externships with a range of formidable students who come and spend time with our trial and consultancy teams based in The Hague, Netherlands. Previous students have been intimately involved in trial preparation in an on-going case before the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in the Hague and across GRC’s flagship projects in Ukraine, Bangladesh and most recently with the Mass Starvation Project. These placements involve practical mentorship and advocacy training. The Practice Lab have also been diligently engaged in drafting a complaint before a UN Treaty Body with GRC and in legal research associated with the development of a Basic Investigative Standards Manual on Starvation Crimes.

Moving forward the strategic partnership will entail workshops. Starting this fall GRC’s senior legal consultant and project lead on the Mass Starvation Project will attend Prof. Newton’s Practice Lab and jointly host a workshop on Starvation as a Method of Warfare.

Prof. Michael Newton is an expert on terrorism, accountability, transnational justice, and conduct of hostilities issues. He has been an expert witness in terrorism related trials and is admitted to the counsel list of the International Criminal Court, where, in 2018, he helped prepare the appeal of Jean-Pierre Bemba and participated in oral arguments in the Appeals Chamber. Professor Newton served as the senior adviser to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. State Department from January 1999 to August 2002, he negotiated the “Elements of Crimes” for the International Criminal Court. Professor Newton is most recently the editor of The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Commentary and Critique, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

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