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262.6 sec. 001 - UN Human Rights Practicum (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1

    Course Start: September 10, 2019
    Course End: November 14, 2019

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 11
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 12
    As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

    UN Human Rights Practice Course: Practicum
    In this one (1) credit practicum, taken as the companion course to the UN Human Rights Practicum Seminar, students will work to draft decisions on live complaints of human rights violations committed against human rights defenders and lodged before the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. Drawing upon the substantive law, tools, and techniques introduced to them through the seminar, students will prepare, workshop, and receive extensive feedback on their draft observations with the aim of producing high quality work product for the Special Rapporteur and honing their legal advocacy, analysis and drafting skills.

    About the UN Special Rapporteur’s Work
    Recent events, including the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras and the jailing of Zainab Al Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights and democracy activist, highlight the dangers faced by human rights defenders around the globe. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders receives the largest number of complaints among the over two dozen U.N. Special Rapporteurs. In many cases, such complaints are the only legal recourse remaining to victims. The Special Rapporteur seeks to engage with U.N. member States by requesting their reply to these complaints and making observations that bring international standards to bear on the practices of State and non-State actors. These observations often represent the only official acknowledgment to victims that their treatment is illegal. The Special Rapporteur’s observation reports are vital in turning the eyes of the world toward these violations, promoting the rule of law in member States, and highlighting the dire impacts of the widespread targeting of human rights defenders for threats, intimidation, violence, and even death. Student participants in the course will have the unique opportunity to make direct, immediate, and lasting contributions to this vitally important work.

    Course Applications
    Admission to the seminar and companion practicum is by application only. To apply for the course, use the hyperlink available in the schedule of classes listing for the UN Human Rights Practice Course: Seminar. The APPLICATION DEADLINE is August 23, 2019. Further details on the application process are available in the seminar listing. Preference in enrollment will be given to LLM students, particularly those with written fluency in English and Spanish and/or French. However, interested 2L and 3L students are welcome to apply to the course as well.

    Attendance Requirement
    The seminar will meet on seven Tuesday sessions between Sept 10 & November 14. Individual and group consultations will take place on Thursdays and on Tuesdays when the seminar does not meet. (Effectively, students must have no other classes scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 2:10 and 3:25PM). All students enrolling in the course *must be available* to attend all sessions to enable to instructor to schedule individual consultations. Two trainings will be held on Fridays (4:30-8:30PM): September 13 & October 11. Students must attend all seminar sessions, trainings, and consultations to receive course credit.

    If you have further questions, please contact Mallika Kaur, co-instructor for this course, at

    Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

    Requirements Satisfaction:

    Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

    Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
    This is a credit only course
    Course Category: International and Comparative Law
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