Summer 2020 Course Schedule

Women&Intl Hmn Rghts Law (LAW-739D-E002)
Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Viviana Waisman

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM (MTuWThF)

Enrolled: 13 / Limit: 22

Administrator Access


All summer 2020 classes will be taught online. Classes may have a combination of live sessions and asynchronous materials/assignments. The block of time listed here will be the maximum amount of live session meeting time expected of you and may be decreased to the extent of asynchronous material added. Students taking AHR and ADH specific classes that want to write a longer paper for an extra credit may enroll in LAW-799 Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Independent Study (1 credit).


This course addresses the challenges of achieving the international legal protection of the human rights of women. It reviews how international and regional human rights conventions, especially the American Convention on Human Rights, have been applied to prevent, punish and remedy the violations of women's rights in different tribunals. It examines how the norm of the prohibition of all forms of discrimination against women has been applied, and how it might be more effectively applied in particular sectors. It explores how feminist theories, empirical data and narratives might be used to expose women's experiences of injustice. The course aims to go beyond a formalistic understanding of international legal obligations in order to examine different approaches to fostering compliance with the human rights of women in different cultures and religious traditions.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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All Readings will be provided in a digital format. Students will not be required to purchase any textbooks.

First Class Readings

Students will access all readings and syllabus materials in the upcoming weeks via an online portal. More instructions will be sent to registered students. The final syllabus will be updated on May 20, 2020. If you have any questions please email,


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