Section Description Provided by Instructor
This is a core course in the Law School's human rights curriculum. The course examines issues ranging from the extraordinary rendition of terrorism suspects to mass atrocities to basic rights to housing, speech, sex equality, LGBT rights and more. The course begins with the origins of the idea of rights from an historical, philosophical and analytical perspective. It then turns to the rise of the modern international human rights regime, including its origins and theoretical foundations, examines the basic international and regional human rights instruments and oversight and enforcement institutions, and considers remedies under both international and domestic law. The course considers the role of human rights law in the U.S. domestic system, as an example of the role of national law and institutions in securing human dignity. It also examines the human rights of women and refugees, the relationship between international criminal law and international humanitarian law and human rights law, and the human rights responsibilities of business enterprises. The course also covers selected rights from a comparative perspective (including international, U.S., and other national approaches), including comparative approaches to such topics as the protection of economic and social rights, equality and privacy in the context of LGBT rights, and the protection of rights in counterterrorism efforts.
TR 2:50-4:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Constitutional law is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite, but is not required
All law students are welcome, but students from other divisions of the University must get the permission of the professor.
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the historical development of law and legal institutions