Course ID: 207467


This course provides an overview of the international system for the protection of human rights.  We will examine the evolution of human rights law and major critiques of human rights approach.  We will learn about the main enforcement mechanisms, such as `treaty bodies', the Human Rights Council and regional courts. We will then explore current issues, which may include topics such as: discrimination against women, economic rights, torture, terrorism, detainee treatment, emergencies, humanitarian law, and corporate responsibility. Through case studies, we also focus on the realities of human rights advocacy: challenging power and tradition, uneven playing fields, and the need for alternative strategies such as ""guerrilla lawyering""

Components: Lecture

Assessment Method: Open Book: Final 80%, Assignments 10%, Participation 10%

Degree Requirement Fulfilled:

Prerequisite: Upper Yr JD only