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Human Rights in the Trenches

Using International Human Rights Law in "Everyday" Legal Aid Cases

By Martha F. Davis

International human rights law in increasingly relevant in U.S. courts. In both state and federal courts a growing number of judges welcome and even encourage arguments that rely on international law and treaties, even treaties that the United States has not ratified. Raising claims under international human rights law can help advocates conceptualize “everyday” poverty law cases through a broader framework and strengthen claims made under domestic law.

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