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263 sec. 001 - International Human Rights (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Laurel E. Fletcher  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    TuTh 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
    Location: Law 115
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32187
Class Number: 32187

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of human rights. We will critically examine the international and domestic laws, actors, and institutions that play a role in the protection of human rights. We will examine the major sources of international human rights law--including treaties, customary international law, international soft law, and domestic law. Key mechanisms of human rights protection also will be discussed including, multilateral organizations (e.g. the United Nations Security Council and Human Rights Council); international, regional, and national courts and tribunals; and quasi-judicial treaty bodies (e.g. the U.N. Committee Against Torture). The role of a range of non-State actors will also be discussed including international nongovernmental organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; multi-national corporations; and armed opposition groups like ISIL.

We will discuss the conceptual foundations of human rights and key theoretical debates about the field with a focus on recurring questions regarding legitimacy, justiciability, compliance, and efficacy. Finally we will consider critical perspectives on the human rights regime from feminists, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), and international LGBTI advocates.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • International Human Rights
    Philip Alston, Ryan Goodman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 9780199578726
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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