Introduction to International Human Rights
Full course description
In this course we look at human rights from the perspective of international law: the obligations of states to uphold universal standards and the mechanisms in place to transform national injustices into international concerns giving rise to recommendations (but not necessarily sanctions) to governments. These obligations and mechanisms were created after 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Human rights are a universal language intended to end discrimination and violence, reduce human suffering and promote human development.
- To provide an introduction to international human rights law and the institutional framework of the UN.
- Understanding the nature of international (UN) human rights norms and state obligations, as well as the position and role of non-state actors.
- Finding your way through the major international (UN) human rights treaties (ICERD 1965, ICCPR and ICESCR 1966, CEDAW 1979, CAT 1984, CRC 1989, CRPD 2006) and relevant documents related to the institutional framework of the UN.
- Being able to apply international (UN) human rights norms with critical reasoning and legal argumentation to concrete problems.
- Being able to distinguish between, and become familiar with, treaty- and UN Charter-based mechanisms (especially, special procedures and UPR).
Bachelor level law, including a course on international law: students must have followed one or more international law courses.
Obligatory 2 books:
- Bisset, Alison (ed.), International Human Rights Documents. Oxford: OUP (Tenth Edition, 2016), ISBN 9780198768302.
- Moeckli, Daniel, et al. (eds.), International Human Rights Law. Oxford: OUP (Second Edition, 2014): ISBN 9780199654574.