Centers Foster Legal Discourse
Loyola Law School's centers focus on scholarship, symposia and other work in key subject areas. Their events bring to campus a constant flow of jurists, academics and other notables, making Loyola a West Coast hub for legal discourse. Loyola's centers foster the Law School's mission of educating the whole lawyer, providing a range of perspectives on myriad topics to help students and faculty share their ideas.
Alarcón Advocacy Center
The Alarcón Advocacy Center includes the Loyola Project for the Innocent, Federal Public Defender Capital Habeas Clinic and the Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic.
Before being nominated to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, Judge Alarcón was a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court and California Court of Appeal. He was previously the legal advisor and clemency and extradition secretary to Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. He also served as a Los Angeles County prosecutor, working on first degree murder cases in which the death penalty was sought. He is the author of the recent law review article, “Executing the Will of the Voters?: A Roadmap to Mend or End the California Legislature's Multi-Billion-Dollar Death Penalty Debacle.”
"Who needs my help today?" That's the question the late Senior Ninth Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcón urged students to ask. Thanks to a series of post-conviction clinics that are part of his namesake center, Judge Alarcón's question is being asked by dozens of Loyola students on a daily basis.
Asia-America Law Institute
The Asia-America Law Institute at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles harnesses the school's wealth of assets and connections in the Asia-Pacific region. Helmed by Founding Director Seagull Song, Loyola's resident China scholar, the Institute consolidates all of Loyola's offerings related to the region under one roof.
Center for Juvenile Law & Policy
The Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy was created with the hope of fostering systemic reform of the Los Angeles Juvenile Justice system through ongoing research, discussion and advocacy. The CJLP was founded on the principle that research, public education and advocacy are vital to accomplishing the following long-term objectives:
- Improve the quality of juvenile delinquency representation;
- Reduce minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system;
- Decrease the rate at which children are prosecuted as adults;
- Re-direct the juvenile justice system to its original purpose of individualized, community-based rehabilitation.
Center for the Study of Law & Genocide
In 2008, Loyola Law School inaugurated the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide (CSLG). The year marked the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite two generations having passed since the seminal treaty, and all the progress made in international and domestic law towards preventing and punishing genocide and mass atrocities, the nightmare still persists without an apparent end. The history of genocide is a bloody trail running the whole length of the 20th century and linking the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and Sudan to name an unfortunate few. In recent years, humanity has found the courage to bring to justice some of those most responsible for genocide and mass atrocities. But rarely, and with great difficulty, do victims find adequate legal remedies and compensation for their suffering.
Civil Justice Program
Loyola Law School created the Civil Justice Program to focus research and public attention on the civil justice system. As a technologically advanced, teaching and research institution located in the most diverse city in the world, Loyola is ideally situated to sponsor this program. The Civil Justice Program convenes periodic conferences, seminars and presentations; promotes and publishes scholarly research; and initiates cross disciplinary projects.
Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation
The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation is an interdisciplinary center that will convene top thought leaders in disability law and policy; generate and disseminate knowledge at the intersection of disability, technology, and innovation; and be a focal point for increasing the pipeline of talented students with disabilities in law, politics, and other fields of endeavor. We will be a leader on these issues in California, the United States, and internationally. The Coelho Center will bring together all of the schools and colleges within Loyola Marymount University, and will be housed at Loyola Law School.
Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution
The Loyola Center For Conflict Resolution (LCCR) provides mediation, conflict resolution training, and conciliation and facilitation services to communities throughout Los Angeles County (particularly those adjacent to the Law School). It also servers students, faculty and staff at Loyola.
The Fashion Law Project
The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and internationally. It's multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences including: law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals.
The Project on Dispute Resolution and Development
The Project on Dispute Resolution and Development, or “ProDRD,” is a global forum for the promotion of research, training, legislation and policy-making and other reform initiatives relating to dispute resolution in the Global South. Drawing from an international base of academics, practitioners, government officials and nongovernmental organizations, it brings together world-class experts in courts and judicial procedure, alternative dispute resolution law and policy, public and private international law and development studies.
International Human Rights Center
Rooted in the Law School’s values and tradition of social justice, academic freedom, personal integrity and professional ethics, since 2012 the overarching mission of the International Human Rights Center at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (“IHRC” or “Center”) is to contribute to the attainment of the fullest exercise of human rights by all human beings throughout the world. In carrying out this mission, the IHRC aims to maximize the use of global and regional legal and political institutions through litigation, advocacy and capacity-building.
As an educational institution, the Center transforms its mission and goals into a unique practical experience for its students, providing opportunities to gain vital knowledge and skills for effective and successful legal advocacy on behalf of victims of human rights abuses. At the same time, through the strategic use of international and regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights, the Center provides exceptional pro bono legal expertise to victims of human rights violations and the legal organizations representing them, to utilize international and regional mechanisms.
While students work on all stages of an individual case or engage in advocacy efforts on particular thematic issues, they learn how to conceptualize and strategize diverse approaches and grapple with practical, ethical, methodological and theoretical challenges involved. Through the Center, Loyola’s students have the opportunity to expand their perspectives and reach the world from Los Angeles.
The Center is directed by Professor Cesare Romano.
The International Human Rights Center (IHRC) admits only 4 to 6 students per year.
IHRC Students sign up for two consecutive terms (fall and spring) and earn up to three units (pass/fail) per term, for a total of maximum 6 units. Center units also count toward the completion of the pro bono graduation requirement.
Center students meet once a week for one hour (days and hours will be determined once students have enrolled and made their calendars), to discuss international human rights topics, develop attorney skills, and review project work.
Students must take, or have taken, prior to or concurrently with their participation in Center, the International Protection of Human Rights course.
The International Human Rights Center’s work involves litigation of human rights violations before a wide array of international bodies, and advocacy and international policy-making on pressing human rights issues.
Images courtesy of the United Nations
Examples of international human rights cases on which Center’s students have worked over the years include:
- Rights of refugees (before the UN Committee on Human Rights, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women) in Ecuador.
- Right to participate in sport activities (before the UN Committee on Human Rights, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) in Ecuador.
- Extra-judicial executions and excessive use of force by police and armed forces (before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in Jamaica.
- Death penalty (before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in the United States.
- Right to participate in the political affairs / direct democracy (before the UN Committee on Human Rights) in Italy.
- Right to health, reproductive rights and right to benefit from progress in science and technology (before the UN Committee on Human Rights, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) in Italy.
- Forced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment (before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in Guatemala.
- Right to information and due process rights (before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in the United States.
ADVOCACY AND POLICY-MAKING
Examples of international human rights advocacy and policy-making work done by the Center’s students over the years include:
- Extrajudicial executions and police brutality
- Detention of irregular migrants
- Rights of refugees
- Reproductive rights (access to Artificial Reproductive Technology and abortion)
- Rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS
- Human rights in sports
- Right to benefit from scientific research
- The human rights of scientists