Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours/week
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Video Transcripts: English
Human rights develop through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals and the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection. We shall rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, for instance, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.
What you'll learn
- A solid understanding of the key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law
- How to follow the developments of human rights law using the conceptual tools you've acquired
- How to take part in the questions raised by the enforcement of international human rights law
Meet the instructor
Olivier De Schutter is a Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and at SciencesPo (Paris), and a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2015. He was between 2008 and 2014 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food (www.srfood.org). A Visiting Professor in various institutions including, in 2010-2013, at Columbia University, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights in 2002-2006, and was in 2004-2008 the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance.
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