Regional Appro to Hmn Rghts (LAW-725C-001)
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The goal of the course is to study the role of regional human rights protection organs (Courts and commissions) and to analyze how these bodies function. The approach will be practice-oriented in an attempt to familiarize prospective lawyers with how to gain access to these treaty bodies and how successfully to litigate cases before them. We will follow a comparative approach between the universal systems of protection devised at the United Nations’ machinery of human rights protection and the regional systems for the protection of human rights created in Europe, the Americas and Africa. There will be some analysis of proposals for improvement of the regional systems as well as for the creation of a regional system where none yet exists. In particular, the course will compare the institutions, jurisdiction and procedures of the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, and the African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. In the second part, the course will analyze the respective jurisprudence of each of these bodies from the perspective of certain rights and the standards thus developed.
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Title: Regional Protection of Human Rights
Author: Dinah Shelton
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2010)
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