Human Rights Advocacy

This practice-based seminar is designed around four intersecting aspects of human rights advocacy, to encourage critical reflection on the principles and practice, and the strategic objectives of human rights lawyering. Class sessions will focus on (1) human rights methodology -- the sources, tools, and venues of a human rights based approach; (2) human rights framing what it means to practice human rights in domestic and transnational contexts; (3) human rights advocacy cases providing opportunities to apply the methodology and framing, and further develop key skills of a human rights lawyer; and (4) project rounds enabling direct reflection on the relationship between theory and practice, and an opportunity for collaborative feedback and discussion of the cases.

Students will work on one project or case in teams of 3-5. Class will meet once a week for a 3 hour session, at least one hour of which will be allocated for work on the cases under the supervision of the professor. The bulk of the session will be devoted to discussions of the readings. Students will be expected to work on their case assignments individually and collaboratively outside of class (recommended: 3-5 hours/week). Cases/projects may include: • contributing to a study of gender-based violence and womens access to food and water in post-earthquake Haiti; • advocacy in relation to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women requested mission to the United States, and/or in relation to the Due Diligence Project, conducting an analysis of state compliance with the due diligence standard nationally, regionally and globally; • a shadow report on the right to education for Surinames indigenous peoples, for the Universal Periodic Review before the U.N. Human Rights Council (cases subject to change).
Enrollment Prerequisite

Students must have completed public international law or international human rights law. The course is open to LLM students.

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