Mediation Clinic AMU
Doctoral Clinic on International Human Rights Law - Aix Global Justice
The Environmental Clinic was created in 2010 as part of the Master 2 International and European Environmental Law. Since October 2018, it also includes students of the Master 2 Energy Law. Clinical teaching allows students to mobilize their theoretical knowledge in concrete situations, and very often for the first time: drafting an appeal or a legal text, developing arguments for a litigation, etc. Students work under the dual supervision of teacher-researchers and practitioners.
The Environmental Clinic receives numerous referrals from partners, mainly associations (Surfrider, France Nature Environnement, ClientEarth, HOP, Greenpeace, etc.) but also institutions (Plan Bleu, Parc National des Calanques, etc.). By making itself available to these actors in the defence of environmental interests, the clinic enables the University to fulfil its social function in a renewed way. It also ensures better access to the law.
For reasons of confidentiality, we cannot detail the content of all the work carried out, but some of the reports are online on the website.
The Mediation Clinic was born from the initiative of students who wanted not only to practice mediation but also to promote it. This desire stems from a simple observation: mediation is not widespread enough in France and carries with it many preconceived ideas.
On the model of the Canadian clinics, they got together and gave birth to this project.
The Mediation Clinic - AMU is attached to the DESU Mediation and Negotiation in Business Law of the Institute of Business Law of Aix.
The clinic's partners include the Aix-en-Provence Bar Association, the AIX MED Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CMA Aix Med), as well as numerous jurisdictions within the jurisdiction of the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal and local institutions.
They promote mediation on a voluntary basis by raising awareness at the University of Aix-Marseille, in public schools and in public and private companies.
In addition to allowing them to attend mediations carried out by mediators, they are given the chance to conduct mediations with students as well as individuals or professionals, under the supervision of professional mediators attached to the CMA Aix Med.
By playing the role of ambassadors, they not only contribute to the cultural transmission of mediation, but also incite a profound change in mentalities
This is a real opportunity for clinicians to put themselves in the shoes of a mediator with a real and concrete case, which allows them to acquire practical experience in conflict resolution techniques.
The International Human Rights Law Clinic was established in March 2015 within the Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille University, at the initiative of CERIC and within the UMR 7318 DICE thanks to the support of A*MIDEX.
Founded and directed by Ludovic Hennebel, Professor and holder of the A*MIDEX Chair of Excellence in International Human Rights Law and Global Law, surrounded by a dozen doctoral students, the creation of the Clinic was a response to the desire to promote the international human rights activities of the AMU Faculty of Law. By associating a specialised doctoral team, the Clinic offers first and foremost a framework for training in international law and international human rights law in particular, and is based on didactic methods aimed at understanding the law in action. Like any legal clinic, it is above all a specialized legal training based on a methodology combining theory and practice on the basis of real cases, which allows its members to be trained by practising law while benefiting from an adapted supervision provided by professors and practitioners.
One of the particularities of the AMU International Human Rights Law Clinic is its doctoral vocation. It is based on the active participation of some fifteen doctoral students involved in scientific research in international law, international human rights law, public liberties, and global justice. They participate in the work of the Clinic while writing their thesis, benefit from additional professional training modules and, above all, acquire practical experience of the law.
The aim of the Doctoral Clinic on International Human Rights Law of the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence is to promote and defend values relating to justice and equality in international human rights law.
In order to achieve its goal, it carries out a series of activities such as the defence of victims of human rights violations before international protection bodies (including the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, the African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples' Rights, and the United Nations treaty committees) participation in international proceedings before regional human rights courts as amicus curiae; training in the practice of international human rights law; and the promotion of scientific research in international human rights law, including the organization of seminars and conferences and the publication of books and articles of reference.