The Human Rights of Children and Youth as Citizens, Migrants and Refugees

The Human Rights of Children and Youth as Citizens, Migrants and Refugees

Ms. Jacqueline Bhabha
Fall 2017 course
T, Th 10:15am - 11:30am
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No HLS Exam

Children and young people inhabit an increasingly complex set of environments which expose them to both unprecedented opportunity and grave risk. Progress in advancing basic social and economic rights has greatly improved global access to primary education and primary health care, increasing child survival and access to essential skills, though serious inequalities based on gender, race and other forms of discrimination persist. Mass technology now links children in remote communities to unreachable but seemingly proximate consumer and cultural products, enhancing the lure and dangers of opportunity elsewhere. Migration, conflict and climate change together with growing social inequality have major impacts on the quality of life, future prospects and rights violations confronting young people - including split families, irregular migration status, prolonged displacement, experiences of stigma and exposure to trauma. The consequences include smuggling, trafficking, sexual exploitation and undocumented status. This course will explore legal and other strategies for understanding and advancing the human rights of children and young people as citizens, migrants and refugees.

Note: This course is jointly-listed with HKS as IGA-305M. It will meet on the HKS campus. The first class meeting is on August 31st and the last class meeting is on October 12th.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law, Family, Gender & Children's Law, Human Rights