This advanced seminar will focus on selected topics relating to the work of the UN human rights treaty bodies, especially the Human Rights Committee (of which the instructor is currently a member). Topics vary from year to year, but may include such subjects as arbitrary detention, religious exemptions, military trials, forced evictions, "hate speech," rights of persons with disabilities, and international monitoring procedures. The seminar will meet six times each semester, in two-hour sessions. Grading will be based on class participation and a series of short reaction papers.
The seminar is required for LL.M. students in the LL.M. human rights concentration. Participation by J.D. students is also encouraged. Students who have taken an introductory course in international human rights at HLS (either Prof. Neuman's course or the 1L human rights course) have satisfied the prerequisite for permission to enroll; other students who have not done so but believe that they have equivalent preparation, may seek the instructor's approval. Auditing will not be permitted.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for all students, partly as a matter of logistics.
Note: The credit breakdown for this seminar is as follows: two total credits with one credit awarded in the fall and one credit awarded in the spring.
Spring meeting dates are as follows: January 29, February 12, March 5, March 12, March 26, and April 9.