In January 2012, international human rights and U.S. civil liberties experts at seven law school clinics across the United States formed the Protest and Assembly Rights Project. This joint project investigated the United States response to Occupy Wall Street in light of the government’s international legal obligations.
Under the leadership of Clinical Instructor Deborah Popowski, the Clinic is participating in the project alongside: Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law; Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, Fordham Law School; International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, Stanford Law School; Civil Rights Clinic, Charlotte School of Law Community Justice section; Loyola Law Clinic-New Orleans Constitutional Litigation Clinic; and Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
On July 25, 2012, the first report in the Protest and Assembly Rights Project series was released, calling on New York City authorities to stop the pattern of abusive policing of Occupy Wall Street protests.
Lead authored by our partners at NYU and Fordham, the report documents in painstaking detail how the New York police and other city officials violated the rights of Occupy protestors. It also provides background on the national movement and outlines the international legal framework that protects the human rights of assembly and expression, which the United States is legally bound to respect, protect, promote and fulfill.
Reports focusing on other cities–including one on Boston authored by our Clinic–are expected to be released later this year.
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