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Alumna appointed Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law School



25 November 2013

Alumna of Sydney Law School, Associate Clinical Professor Jayne Huckerby (BA '99, LLB '02) has been appointed Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law School in North Carolina. Jayne joined Duke in July this year as Associate Clinical Professor of Law and inaugural Director of the new clinic, Duke Law School's ninth. Her appointment as Director follows a rich and diverse career in human rights law, working as a practitioner and a teacher.

In the fifth and final year of her LLB at the University of Sydney Jayne travelled on exchange to the United States and spent her final semester at NYU, also undertaking a clerkship at Baker & McKenzie in London and Chicago before and after her exchange. Around this time, Jayne realised how her passion for public law could be applied globally; key to this understanding was the unique study experience from her exchange at NYU, providing her with a greater understanding of international legal frameworks and practice. After graduating from Sydney Law School, Jayne was awarded a prestigious Vanderbilt Scholarship and returned to NYU in 2003 to complete her Masters, focusing on human rights and international law. At NYU, she was a graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics, an International Law and Human Rights Fellow at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and was awarded the David H Moses Memorial Prize for graduating first in her LLM class of nearly 400 students.

Jayne went on to serve in Geneva as a human rights officer with the International Service for Human Rights before joining the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law in 2005. During this appointment, she served as the Center's Research Director between 2006 and 2011, teaching at NYU's International Human Rights Clinic and Global Justice Clinic. Immediately prior to joining Duke Law, Jayne advised UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, on promoting gender equality in the new constitutions of post-Arab Spring countries and strengthening women's protections in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Jayne's ongoing research and advocacy in the fields of gender and human rights, constitution-making, national security, human trafficking, transitional justice and human rights in US foreign policy have positioned her as a prominent human rights lawyer and an expert in these areas. Most recently she is leading ground-breaking research and advocacy on the effects of counter-terrorism on women, including through co-editing Gender, National Security, and Counter-Terrorism: Human Rights Perspectives (Routledge 2013). Her extensive domestic, regional and international human rights research, fact-finding, litigation and advocacy experience will no doubt enhance students' experience at Duke.

Sydney Law School congratulates Jayne and wishes her all the very best as she embarks on this wonderful opportunity.


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