This course provides a general introduction to the law, theory, and practice of internationally recognized human rights. The course is designed to provide students with an informed and critical perspective on international instruments and institutions (including the UN Human Rights Committee, of which the instructor is currently a member), and domestic legal arrangements relating to the articulation and implementation of human rights. Topics will include the historical origins of modern human rights law; connections between civil, political, social, and economic rights; and global, regional, and national methods of implementation and enforcement.
Prior courses in public international law and U.S. constitutional law would be helpful but are not required. The examination will be in-class and open book/laptop.
Note: This course will meet for nine weeks, at four hours per week, rather than twelve weeks at three hours per week.