International Reproductive/Sexual Health Rights

International Reproductive/Sexual Health Rights

Ms. Mindy Roseman
Spring 2012 reading group
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 4056
1 classroom credit

Sex and reproduction are deeply personal activities, yet infused with public purpose. As such, they help constitute as well as undermine the public/private divide that legal and rights discourses often police. Internationally and nationally, individuals and civil society have staked out rights claims along this territory; courts and international human rights bodies, and until very recently main stream human rights organizations, have rejected as well as recognized these claims. Some of these institutions still continue to do so. This reading course will examine how these claims have been formulated, and critically assess the "value added" of human rights in the areas of sex and reproduction We will pay attention to gender and other categories of social analysis, as well as the orientation towards "health." The objective of the reading group is to lay a foundational basis for thinking about and practicing in this broad and protean field.

Course Requirements: A reasonable amount of reading will be assigned for each session; you will be expected to read have closely read the material and actively participate in discussion. For each session (except the first) two students will be assigned an extra reading for presentation to the class, as well as provide some questions to frame our discussions.

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