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Transnational Development Clinic

The Transnational Development Clinic is on hiatus for the 2015-16 academic year. Please read about the work of the clinic below. 

In the Transnational Development Clinic, students work on a range of litigation and non-litigation projects designed to promote community-centered international development, with an emphasis on global poverty. Rather than focus on international development institutions, such as the World Bank or UN bodies, the year-long clinic works with community-based clients and client groups and provides them with legal advice, counseling, and representation in order to promote specific development projects. The clinic also focuses on development projects that have a meaningful nexus to the U.S., in terms of client populations, litigation or advocacy forum, or applicable legal or regulatory framework.

Professor Muneer Ahmad discusses the Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School

Projects will focus on some, but not all, of the following areas: remittances among immigrant workers in the United States; promotion of transnational worker networks; microfinance initiatives, either domestic or international; access to medicines litigation and policy; corporate accountability; and international trade policy. A seminar accompanying the fieldwork provides readings and structured discussion to explore the relationships among law, development and advocacy, with an emphasis on the role of the law and the lawyer in combating global poverty. The seminar serves as a site to interrogate prevailing and competing notions of development itself. In addition, it explores practice-based advocacy skills, including brief writing, oral advocacy, and policy advocacy, engage domestic and international law, and considers professional responsibility as applied to transnational development practice.

Clinic News

November 19, 2014

Panel Discusses Successes and Failures of International Response in Haiti

Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and what lessons could be learned from those experiences for future global crisis response at an event at Yale Law School.
August 6, 2013

New Report Holds U.N. Responsible for Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health release report containing the first comprehensive analysis of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
View the report
May 23, 2012

JUNTA and Yale Law School Release Report on Remittance Practices in New Haven’s Immigrant Community

Junta for Progressive Action and Yale Law School’s Transnational Development Clinic have released a first-of-its kind study of remittance and banking practices among immigrants in New Haven.
View the report
April 6, 2011

New Clinic Focuses on Global Poverty Lawyering

The new Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School is tackling important issues such as street vendor rights, remittances, and assistance to displaced workers.
View the study