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Johanna Kalb Publishes New Human Rights Advocacy Case Book

Professor Johanna Kalb, along with Martha F. Davis of Northeastern University School of Law and Risa E. Kaufman of Columbia Law School, has published a new case book entitled Davis, Kalb and Kaufman's Human Rights Advocacy in the United StatesThe text, now available from West Academic Publishing, is the first of its kind to focus on human rights advocacy in the United States, illuminating a range of important theoretical and doctrinal issues while equipping students to thoughtfully engage these tools in their own practice of law. 

The book's readings and case studies expose students to the history, tools, and critiques of the domestic human rights movement and the legal and practical challenges of human rights implementation in the United States. Skills exercises introduce practice-oriented approaches to engaging human rights-based strategies, including practice before international treaty bodies as well as domestic policymakers. Additionally, the appendices offer the text of relevant human rights treaties. The materials engage students on a range of issues, including immigration, rights of indigenous peoples, counterterrorism and human rights, disparities in access to health care, and the right to housing, while also exploring fundamental issues of federalism, sovereignty, judicial review and legal ethics.

Kalb serves as Associate Professor of Law at Loyola. She is currently based at Yale Law School, serving as Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Director, Arthur Liman Public Interest Program. Professor Kalb also serves as a Jurisprudence Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Her research and teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, federal courts, human rights law, and the law of democracy.