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Intl Human Rights Law & Global Health (LAW-719M-001)
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This course explores the links between international human rights law and global public health policy and examines the right to health vis-á-vis other human rights, as framed by international treaties and covenants. The course will focus both on the United Nations and the Inter-American systems. Classroom discussions will examine how human rights law can be an important tool for addressing current global health challenges, such as: improving mental health systems, reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, reducing maternal mortality, and protecting older persons. The objectives of the course are: • To help students understand human rights law through a focus on public health and groups in situations of vulnerability; • To identify the theoretical and practical tensions between the goals of human rights protection and public health programs, as well as their potential to further shared goals; • To examine ways in which human rights lawyers and public health officials can work together to achieve the goals of improving public health and promoting human rights protection in line with international standards and; • To enable students to work together in evaluating and analyzing health and human rights issues from a domestic and international legal perspective. Lectures and in-class discussions will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to apply human rights tools to prevent and alleviate health-related abuses and suffering. Students’ abilities to develop original ideas and engage in critical thinking on human rights will be reflected in their research assignment selection, presentation, and writing.
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First Class Readings
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