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

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


    TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
    Location: Law 111
    From September 10, 2019
    To November 14, 2019

    F 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Law 111
    On 2019-09-13

    F 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Law 111
    On 2019-10-11

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: Seminar
This one (1) credit seminar, taken as the companion course to the UN Human Rights Practicum. In the seminar, students will undertake an intimate, thoughtful, and dynamic exploration of the international legal framework addressing the human rights of human rights defenders. They will engage with related topics and current debates through assigned readings, thematic group discussions, case studies, and interactions with human rights defenders, including the current Special Rapporteur, Mr. Michel Forst. Between the seminar and the practicum components, students will work under the supervision of the course instructors to learn the practical skills and techniques necessary to draft decisions on 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. The course participants’ work will be incorporated into the Special Rapporteur’s 2020 observation report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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. Please apply for the course through our online application "UN Human Rights Practice Course": The APPLICATION DEADLINE is August 23, 2019. (Only one application is required for both the seminar and practicum components.) Offers of admission will be made early the following week. Preference in enrollment will be given to LL.M. 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. 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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