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Hmn Rghts: Theory to Practice (LAW-795I-001)
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Lawyers need to talk about the law and educate about rights to different audiences for different purposes throughout their careers. This course will provide students with an interactive learning and teaching experience (where they are both WCL seminar students and teachers in local high schools) to enable them to identify and utilize different entry points and strategies for talking about and advocating for human rights with different audiences. Using the examination of specific human rights topics—such as genocide, women’s rights, the right to vote, the right to water and transitional justice themes, among others—the course will introduce law students to core pedagogies for teaching human rights and will provide them with intensive training to teach the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power (STTP) human rights curriculum in local high schools. In addition to readings and lectures exploring different human rights pedagogies, the course will include significant interactive and experiential exercises involving role-playing and simulation, and discussions rooted in human rights and international law concepts, cases and norms. Students will fulfill weekly teaching obligations in local high schools for eight weeks of the semester, and will also participate in weekly seminars at WCL to discuss their teaching experiences and receive ongoing human rights education training. This course is open for applications by all upper-level JD students and LLM students at WCL, but students will be required to have taken at least one core human rights or international law course as a pre- or co-requisite. A basic knowledge of human rights and/or international law is presumed. Registration for the class is by permission of the instructors only. For more information and to apply, please go to http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/sttphumanrightsteachingfellowshipprogramapplication.cfm
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First Class Readings
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