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  • Transitional Justice: Dispute Systems Design and Durable Peace

    January 24, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Paper in lieu of exam
    After periods of widespread conflict or repression, the regular justice system of a…

  • Climate Lawyering

    January 24, 2023

    Drop Deadline: January 27, 2023 Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The threat of potentially catastrophic consequences from climate change due to increasing concentrations…

  • Law, Human Rights, and Social Justice in Israel-Palestine

    January 24, 2023

    Prerequisite: This reading group is open to students who have completed an HLS course in human rights. Students who have a background in human rights…

  • Health Rights in Latin America: Defending Dignity or Judicializing Politics?

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Against backdrops of extreme social inequality in Latin America, with poor responsiveness from executive and legislative branches of government,…

  • Regional Human Rights Law: The Inter-American Perspective

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior or concurrent course or clinic in international human rights law is recommended but not required. Exam Type: No Exam During the last…

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will cover a variety of current and enduring questions involving fundamental issues of freedom, equality, property,…

  • Global Justice Workshop

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop, but it is intended for students with a strong academic bent. Exam: No Exam This workshop will…

  • Disability Rights Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course encompasses many aspects of disability rights, laws, and policies, with particular emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities…

  • Disability, Human Rights, and Development

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course examines the current and future status of disability rights as a focus for both human rights theory…

  • Disability Rights Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course encompasses many aspects of disability rights, laws, and policies, with particular emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities…

  • New Technologies and the Law of War

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Changes in contemporary warfare are challenging the fundamental principles of its regulation and their application in practice. From the…

  • Corporate Accountability in Armed Conflict

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law, Law of War, International Criminal Law or International Human Rights Law Exam Type: No Exam This upper-level reading group will examine…

  • International Human Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home The course will introduce students to the concepts of human rights, within the system of public international law.

  • International Criminal Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home International Criminal Law examines how the international legal system attempts to name and address the gravest crimes in…

  • Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam At the intersection of debates about religion, private morality and public policy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights…

  • Pandemic Inequalities: Human Rights and Global Health

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The staggering toll of COVID-19 has laid bare and exacerbated structural injustices within and between countries, which call for…

  • Contested Domains: Comparative and International Legal Struggles over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Previous exposure to women’s/gender studies and/or international human rights law will be helpful. For additional background, the following books are on reserve:

  • Comparative Law: Why Law? The Experience of China

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course uses the example of China as a springboard for asking fundamental questions about the nature of…

  • Public International Law

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take Home This is an introductory course to public international law. The first part of the course examines the nature,…

  • Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Either the fall International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar or the fall Semester in Human Rights Clinic.

  • Housing Law Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Housing Law Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course is one of the basic courses in the field. It addresses the Freedom of Speech, the…

  • Human Rights Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). Students enrolled in the fall clinic must enroll in one of the fall Human…

  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Immigration and Refugee Advocacy (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic…

  • International Human Rights Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the fall clinic must enroll in one of

  • Housing Law Clinical Workshop

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Housing Law Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Re-imagining global order as Asia re-emerges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The re-emergence of Asia is posing conceptual and practical challenges to understandings of and frameworks for global order that…

  • Human Rights and International Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines critically what it means to embody human rights conceptions in law at the international level, and…

  • Right-Respecting Tech Amidst Authoritarianism and Conflict

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam As state and non-state actors with authoritarian tendencies seek to gain and wield power, technology can be a weapon…

  • Sex Equality

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home (open book), or 3 short papers throughout the term for lottery-selected group of students who apply. The relation…

  • Laws of War

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law is recommended. Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home The law of war is one of the oldest branches of international law, but whether…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Cyberlaw Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic and…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Class Component: Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy (2 fall classroom credits). Once a student is accepted into this clinic, the Office of…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Cyberlaw Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home, Paper Option Available This course will investigate the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as a dominant investment…

  • Farmed Animal Law and Policy

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended. Exam Type: No Exam This…

  • Individuality?: Virginia Woolf vs. Social Justice and Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam We’ll read two great novels by Woolf published almost a century ago – Mrs. Dalloway and To The…

  • Engaging China

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one unit course will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux.

  • Semester in Human Rights

    January 19, 2023

    Required Class Component: Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy (2 fall classroom credits). Once a student is accepted into this clinic, the Office of…

  • Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the current landscape of human rights litigation in U.S. courts. The seminar will examine both…

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An intensive examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons,…

  • Ethics, Economics and the Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Explores controversies about the use of markets and market reasoning in areas such as organ sales, procreation, environmental regulation,…

  • Public International Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This is an introductory course to public international law. The first part of the course provides a classical foundation…

  • Tibet and China

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This Reading Group will focus on the question of and solutions for Tibet. It will look at the historical…

  • Fairness and Privacy: Perspectives of Law and Probability

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: Admission is by permission of instructors; applicants should submit letters of inquiry with CVs (as a single PDF) to Ellie Benagh, ebenagh@law.harvard.edu by June…