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International Human Rights (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-713
  • Class Number: 03395
  • Instructor: Sofia Gruskin

Course Description

This course introduces international human rights law, policy and practice both through learning the law and practice of human rights and by exploring important and emerging issues in the human rights field including the role of international and domestic actors, including the U.S. government and the United Nations, in implementing and enforcing human rights norms and standards. Together we will cultivate strategic thinking about global and national mechanisms of action and accountability of human rights, approaches to preventing and addressing human rights violations, as well as the role of social movements in advocacy and driving human rights practice and action. We will spend time on some of the central issues in the field today, including torture, health, and sexual rights.

The course requires student participation in thoughtful and engaged class discussion, and active engagement in class exercises and assignments including the drafting of petitions, advocacy strategies and other legal documents at the core of international human rights legal practice. To the extent possible, each topic will be explored with attention to the relevant international human rights norms and standards, the major institutions and actors engaged with the issue, the positions of the US government and the international community (sometimes but not always the same), and the cutting edge issues to be aware of going forward.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Schedule: M 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 106
  • Exam: Paper and presentation
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required and graded