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262.65 sec. 001 - Human Rights and Social Justice Writing Workshop (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Carolyn Patty Blum  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Eric Stover  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32645

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

Human rights is a body of domestic and international law that seeks to promote human dignity, equality, and justice. Writing about topics within this field of law opens up many possibilities for grappling with the root causes and prevention of human suffering, the protection of citizens living in armed conflict or under authoritarian or corrupt states, and the broad array of ways to seek and gain justice.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to prepare a piece of writing suitable for publication. The written product could examine topics within the broad categories of legal accountability, transitional justice, war crimes, health and human rights, climate change, gender-based violence, the rights of LGBTI persons, counter-terrorism policies, gun violence, forensics, and migrant and refugee rights. The seminar will begin with a discussion of how to create the architecture and content for excellent scholarly writing. For the bulk of the semester, students will present their work, one to two times. The professors will provide students with a template for feedback to each other in the seminar sessions.

The seminar is co-taught by Professors Carolyn Patty Blum, Clinical Professor of Law, Emerita, and Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the UCB Human Rights Center. Blum was the founder of the law school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic and previously taught this seminar at Berkeley Law. She has extensive experience representing refugees and litigating human rights cases in U.S. courts and working in and writing about transitional justice, human rights and culture, counter-terrorism policies, criminal accountability, and extradition. Stover’s expertise is in public health, qualitative methodologies, international humanitarian and criminal law, human trafficking, torture, war crimes, and forensics. Together, they bring decades of experience and a belief in the importance of clear and thoughtful writing as precursor to any future career in law or policy.

Over the semester, participants will draft a 30-page piece of academic writing, such as a chapter for a Masters or PhD dissertation, an article for an academic journal, or a long-form journalistic piece. The course is designed for JD, LLM, JSD and PhD candidates from the JSP programs, as well as graduate students from other departments and schools. The final product can be used to meet the Berkeley Law’s legal writing requirement. Students will be assigned to one of the professors to be their primary supervisor. The course requirements will be weekly readings, including a careful reading of the works-in-progress of their classmates, active class participation, and the submission of a final, polished paper (with at least one complete revision

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class fulfills Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement for all students in the course. All students must write 30 pages and complete a draft.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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