11.04.14 — Professor Martha Davis is author of the first in the nation casebook devoted to domestic human rights advocacy. In Human Rights Advocacy in the United States (West Academic, 2014), Davis, along with co-authors Johanna Kalb and Risa Kaufman, has assembled a comprehensive set of materials designed to prepare aspiring attorneys to participate in the increasingly significant use of human rights law and norms to influence US courts and other key decision makers.

“Our goal is to illuminate a range of important theoretical and doctrinal issues while equipping students to thoughtfully engage these tools in their own practice of law,” said Davis, who also co-edited Bringing Human Rights Home, a three-volume work chronicling the US human rights movement. That book was named one of the “best books in the field of human rights” by the US Human Rights Network. 

This innovative new textbook includes readings and case studies that expose students to the history, tools and critiques of the domestic human rights movement and the legal and practical challenges of human rights implementation in the United States. Skills exercises introduce practice-oriented approaches to engaging human rights-based strategies, including practice before international treaty bodies as well as domestic policymakers. Additionally, the appendices offer the text of relevant human rights treaties.

Appropriate for introductory and advanced seminars, as well as clinical and other experiential offerings, the materials engage students on a remarkable range of issues, including immigration, rights of indigenous peoples, counterterrorism and human rights, disparities in access to health care, and the right to housing, while also exploring fundamental issues of federalism, sovereignty, judicial review and legal ethics. 

“This volume is destined to become the canonical text in the field,” said Dean Jeremy Paul.