Gender and Human Rights: Clinical Seminar

Gender and Human Rights: Clinical Seminar

Ms. Deborah Popowski, Ms. Mindy Roseman
Fall 2012 seminar
W 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5044
2 classroom credits

This seminar is only open to students in the FALL International Human Rights Clinic.

Co-requisite Clinic: International Human Rights Clinic (2-4 Fall credits). Students must first enroll in the clinic before attempting to enroll in this class.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: This class and its clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

This seminar examines the intersection of gender and human rights norms and advocacy in a variety of arenas, including labor, health, property, criminal justice, international humanitarian law, and the environment. The seminar uses feminist and other critical discourses to analyze the international human rights movement and its legal structures. Although the seminar highlights the gender lens, the goal of this class is to permit students in the International Human Rights Clinic to think critically about their work, whether in areas where gender or sexuality is already salient or in areas where those factors have been given less attention.

The seminar begins with an introduction to the category of gender and critical approaches (e.g., feminist, critical race, and Global South approaches to international law). Through a series of case studies and examination of students’ own clinical work in a variety of different contexts (including work not explicitly focused on women or sexuality), students explore the impact of gender on the development and implementation of human rights norms and practices, including ethics, evidence collection, and international advocacy. The seminar examines the normative content of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as human rights doctrines, such as state action, due diligence, and the duty to protect. Throughout, students examine actions taken by international and local human (and women’s) rights organizations, social movements, and other actors and assess their successes and failures in modifying the human rights paradigm.

A fall clinical practice component is required of all students. Clinical placements are with the International Human Rights Clinic.

Subject Areas: Human Rights, Procedure & Practice, International, Comparative & Foreign Law