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262.63 sec. 001 - Human Rights Advocacy Through Stories and Film (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Roxanna Altholz  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Laurel E. Fletcher  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 18, 2020
To November 10, 2020

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: November 10, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34329

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This class explores the rewards and challenges of human rights advocacy by looking in depth at some of the iconic human rights campaigns and cases. For example, human rights advocates led the international campaign to outlaw torture, the struggle against impunity for genocide in
Guatemala, the victory in South Africa’s constitutional court recognizing access to HIV treatment as a human right, and the suit against the oil company Unocal for human rights violations. These landmark victories developed international human rights law through the mobilization of transnational advocacy networks. How and to what extent these efforts succeeded tells us much about the dynamics of international human rights advocacy. We will examine specific case studies through accounts by advocates, guest speakers involved in these struggles, as well as through film. Questions that we will consider include: What are the problems that lend themselves to being addressed by international human rights law and mechanisms? What are the strategies that human rights lawyers utilized and why? What ethical and other challenges did they face and how well were they resolved? Our goal is to expose students to the nature and dynamics of international human rights advocacy.

Please note that synchronous attendance is mandatory and that we will not be recording sessions in order to foster an intimate learning environment.

Students will be required to write two reflection pieces of three (double-spaced) pages in length.

This courses meets every other Tuesday beginning August 18th.
(August 18, September 1, September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27 and November 10)

This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

This course is only open to 1Ls.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
First Year Courses
Social Justice and Public Interest

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