Section Description Provided by Instructor
This is an upper level research practicum on international human rights oversight mechanisms. It actively engages students in studying and supporting the work of the UN Human Rights Committee and the examination of human rights situations in particular countries, while also exposing students to theoretical, practical and comparative issues relating to the substance and procedure of international human rights oversight mechanisms, including regional human rights courts, UN treaty bodies, and UN special procedures.
The Human Rights Committee is the UN Treaty Body charged with overseeing state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Committee engages in a variety of activities analyzing human rights compliance of particular states, resolving individual cases alleging human rights violations, and interpreting the human rights provisions set forth in the Covenant. Students will examine various aspects of the institutional design and jurisprudence of the Committee and other comparative human rights oversight mechanisms, while also providing practical research and analytic support to Human Rights Committee members and to the UN Special Rapporteur on summary and extrajudicial killings.
Prerequisites: A prior academic course in international human rights law is required. Prior work in the field of human rights is preferable. Admission is with the permission of the instructor.
Admission: The seminar is open to upper level JD and LLM students who satisfy the prerequisites. To apply for admission, interested students should submit the following materials, no later than July 26, to Micheal Morrise at [email protected] :
(1) a current CV;
(2) a current transcript, including courses and grades for the most recent CLS semester when available (LLM students should also submit their law school transcript); and
(3) a statement of interest in the class, including any relevant information that may not appear in (1) & (2).
After the start of classes, applicants who are waitlisted or who have not yet been admitted will be notified about admission decisions during the Add/Drop period. Attendance at the first class session is mandatory for all registered students and for all students who wish to be admitted to the seminar.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic), Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)