International Human Rights Law: An Introduction
The basic notion of human rights lies in the recognition of the need to protect and affirm an individual’s dignity. They are the rights of individuals in society, regardless of one’s background, origin, age, income, religion, sex or race. Human rights play an increasingly important role at the international, regional, national and local level, where individuals use the language of human rights to assert and protect their rights. Despite the proliferation of human rights-related documents, challenges with implementation and protection continue.
This one-week, comprehensive introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law, delving into both theory and practice. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights. It then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels, looking at civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and their relationship with one another. Participants will analyse specific rights in context, focusing on the complexities around ensuring human rights protection. Focus here will be placed on issues of equality and discrimination, including on the ground of sex and race. Participants will examine the development of human rights law and role played by human rights institutions at all levels of society. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in this field. The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in human rights law. It will allow participants to gain an in-depth understanding of human rights law in theory and in practice.
Prof Jenny Goldschmidt
Prof Kees Flinterman
Dr. Julie Fraser
Dr. Marjolein van den Brink
Dr. Katharine Fortin
Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh
2 hours reading per day.
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For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
- Motivation Letter
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