Section Description Provided by Instructor
Discredited in the 1970s when it took the form of the "law and development movement," international assistance in the area of reforming laws and legal institutions has flourished anew in the last two decades under the rubric of "building the rule of law.” In parallel, a human rights approach to international development has become mainstream, as most recently reflected in the adoption of SDGs (Social Development Goals) by the United Nations — particularly Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."
The course will examine how human rights plays out in the 21st century against the backdrop of a quasi-consensus on the rule of law, explosive growth of locally-based advocacy organizations and accelerating economic globalization. In particular, the course will examine the fast-developing counter-trend that is constricting the space for local civil society as governments adopt new legislation and policies designed to reign-in the global forces that have been supporting the development of rights-claiming at the national level.
In past years, the workshop portion of the course has focused on supporting advocacy efforts by PILnet Fellows from around the world attending the course as Visiting Scholars. This year, the experiential learning will focus on incubating original projects proposed by students, with the aim of solving human rights problems by innovating new, more sustainable solutions. In the process, the course will explore cutting-edge approaches to local human rights advocacy, including social entrepreneurship, use of open technological platforms and multi-stakeholder initiatives with business.
Due to the intensive, practical nature of the course, enrollment will be limited and prior approval of the instructor is required. Interested students should e-mail the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of their relevant prior experience, reasons for wanting to participate and a copy of their CV by Thursday, September 1, 2016. Students are encouraged to propose particular human rights problems to solve in specific contexts, based on their prior experiences, to be considered as projects undertaken within the workshop.
W 4:20-6:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (upon consultation), Major (only upon consultation)
Instructor approval required - see course description. Apply by September 1, 2016.
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of the history and current practice of international development assistance in the field of law.
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of comparative law approaches to protecting human rights.
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired facility in cross-border collaboration on legal projects.