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International Law and Human Rights Certificate Petition Form

Background and Description
The Joint Certificate in International Law and Human Rights allows graduate students at both the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (Korbel) and the Sturm College of Law (Sturm) to pursue interdisciplinary studies in international human rights law. For decades, students at Korbel and Sturm have shown a strong interest in international human rights law while both schools have historically offered a broad range of courses in the area. Moreover, students from both schools have gone on to careers in various aspects of international human rights work. The Joint Certificate in International Law and Human Rights integrates the strengths and many course offerings at each school with the goal of enriching and deepening the students understanding of international law and human rights—which they may then carry over into the job market. Please note that students wanting to complete the certificate will need to take a few credits more than their degree requirements because of degree requirements at Sturm and at Korbel related to how many credits can be transferred from other schools on campus.

Certificate co-Directors:

  • Professor Claude d’Estree
    MTS, The Divinity School, Harvard University
    JD, Northeastern University School of Law
    PON, Harvard Law School
    International Human Rights Degree Program
    Director, Center on Rights Development (CORD)
    Director, Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC)
    Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Professor Celia Taylor
    JD, New York University
    LLM, Columbia University
    Sturm College of Law

Completing the certificate requires 35 quarter hours (for Korbel students) or 24 semester hours of credit (for Sturm students). By its nature, the certificate also requires taking courses both on the quarter system (at Korbel) and on the semester system (at Sturm). These are the same courses, just taken for different numbers of credit because of the differences between the quarter and semester systems for Korbel and Sturm, respectively.

Generally, students take half their coursework at the Korbel School (including one or two core courses and two to three electives) and half their coursework at the Sturm College of Law (including one or two core courses and two or three electives).

To access the full certificate requirements, please click here. Since not all courses are offered every semester or quarter, students are strongly advised to take the required courses and courses they are most interested in as soon as they are offered.

Biographic Information

Please enter your name as you would like it to appear on your certificate.

*First Name:

Middle Name:

*Last Name:

*Student ID #:


*Graduation Quarter OR Semester:

Certificate Requirements

Credit Hour Requirements:

I certify that I have applied and been accepted into the Certificate in International Law and Human Rights program.

I certify that I have completed 35 quarter hours (Korbel Students) or 24 semester hours (Sturm students) toward the course requirements for the Certificate in International Law and Human Rights.

I certify that I have completed all necessary core courses, in addition to a minimum of 2 elective courses from the Sturm College of Law and 2 electives from the Josef Korbel School.

Required Courses:

  • L4320 - International Law; and
  • INTS 4940 - Introduction to Human Rights; and
  • One of the following:
    • INTS 4936 - International Law & Human Rights
    • L4319 - International Human Rights
    • L4290 – Human Rights Seminar

Electives (each student takes 4 or 5: minimum 2 from Korbel and 2 from Sturm)

INTS 4630 – Civilian Protection in Armed Conflict
INTS 4920 – Conflict Resolution
INTS 4463 – Discrimination, Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples
INTS 4625 - East African Development and Human Rights
INTS 4987 – Forced Labor & Human Trafficking
INTS 4364 – Global Poverty & Human Rights
INTS 4734 – Homeland Security, Civil Society and Human Rights
INTS 4875 – Human Rights & Foreign Policy
INTS 4941 – Human Rights & International Organizations
INTS 4649 - Human Rights and the Middle East
INTS 4937 – Human Rights & the Refugee System
INTS 4935 – International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict (IHL/LOAC)
INTS 4929 – International Migration Law & Policy
INTS 4931 - International Organizations
INTS 4941 - International Organizations and Human Rights
INTS 4210 - Multinational Corporations
INTS 4624 – Private Actors in Conflict
INTS 4930 – Rule of Law
INTS 4710 – Topic: Human Rights in the Middle East
INTS 4911 – Torture

L 4133 – Corporate Social Responsibility
L 4701 – Community Expectations in Sustainable Development of Natural Resources
L 4135 – Comparative Law
L 4137 – Comparative Environmental Law
L 4168 – Constitutional Litigation Seminar
L 4702 - Emerging International Standards for the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources
L 4300 – Federal Indian Law
L 4701 - Forced Migration and Human Trafficking
L 4260 – Gender and the Law
L 4303 – Genocide and War Crimes Prosecution Practicum
L 4295 - Immigration Law
L 4288 – International and Human Rights Law of Indigenous People
L 4706 – International Criminal Procedure
L 4317 – International Environmental Law
L 4700 - International Human Rights in the United Nations Practicum
L 4309 or L 4707 – International Law and the Use of Force
L 4704 - International Legal Research
L 4703 – International Organizations
L 4707 - Islamic Law & Human Rights
L 4446 - Multiculturalism, Race and the Law
L 4701 - Multinational corporations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights
L 4543 – Sexual Orientation and the Law

Practicum/Internship or Externship (required)

Students must complete at least one practicum, internship, or externship as part of the program. You must get pre-approval from the Directors for the practicum, internship, or externship to count towards the Certificate. If you will receive course credit for an approved practicum, internship, or externship, those credits can also count towards the credits required for the Certificate. Students who do not receive course credit for an internship or externship must also complete a written report of their experience of at least 15 pages. The requirement of a practicum, internship, or externship can be satisfied in one the following ways:

  • Practicum;
  • Externship for credit completed through the Sturm Externship Program (for law students) (Please note this also requires you to apply separately to the Sturm Externship Program); or
  • Non-credit Internship (for example, through the Korbel Office of Career and Professional Development).

In the textbox below, please describe how you have fulfilled the practicum/internship/externship requirement. Please list the name of your employer, number of hours completed, and a description of the type of work you undertook.

I certify that I received permission from the faculty director to participate in the aforementioned internship/externship/practicum.

I certify that my experiential component was either for credit OR that I wrote a 15 page paper in addition to my non-credit internship/externship/practicum.

Writing (Capstone) Requirement:

In the textbox below, please provide the title of your paper, in addition to the total number of pages written, and the name of course instructor (if you wrote a paper outside of the course under the direction of one of the faculty directors, please specify this).

Submitted: 09-21-2018

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208