This is a core course in the Law School's human rights program. The course proceeds in three segments. The first segment introduces the idea of rights from an historical, philosophical, and analytical perspective. The focus is on the heritage of human rights in the Western rights tradition, particularly the Enlightenment and U.S. constitutionalism. Other sources of rights, and ideological alternatives to rights, are also considered. The second and largest segment of the course is devoted to the international human rights movement and the international law of human rights, including its origin and theory, the basic international and regional human rights instruments, and remedies under both international and domestic law. This segment includes consideration of the status of human rights law in the United States and the relationship between the United States and the global human rights regime. The third segment of the course explores selected rights from a comparative (international, United States, and other national) perspective.
Section Offerings for 2012-13
|S. Cleveland||MW 1:20 PM-2:40 PM||GRHL 105|
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