Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Human Rights Law (LLM HRHL Only) (LAW-626-E001)

Meets: (Online)

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 15

Administrator Access


Online course. Open only to LLM in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Students.


The purpose of this class is to provide an overview of current international human rights law and the mechanisms for its implementation and enforcement in six segments. The first segment of the course will focus on the general principles of international human rights law. In segments two and three, we will study the functioning of the universal human rights system (United Nations) and the three existing regional human rights systems (Inter-American, European and African). Next, we will concentrate on the normative foundation of international human rights law through the study of a selected group of rights, including the rights to life, not to be tortured or subjected to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and economic, social and cultural rights. We will also explore issues of limitations and derogations of rights as well as the rights affected in the context of the counterterrorist policies implemented by the US and other countries. In the segment regarding international criminal law we will discuss the jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals, the role of national institutions in dealing with past human rights violations, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. Finally, segment six will examine other current topics in international human rights law such as the role of non-state actors.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

Readings for the first week will be emailed to students.