236.01 International Human Rights

This course critically assesses the international and domestic laws, institutions, and legal and political theories that relate to protecting the fundamental liberties of all human beings. The course emphasizes (1) specific "hot button" topics within international human rights law, such as extraordinary renditions, hate speech, and lesbian and gay rights); (2) the judicial, legislative, and executive bodies that interpret and implement human rights; and (3) the public and private actors who commit rights violations and who seek redress for individuals whose rights have been violated. Course requirements include a final exam, a negotiation exercise, and student participation in class discussions.

Spring 2020

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room
Course Credits
Final Exam
In-class exercise
Class participation
Laurence R. Helfer W 2:00PM - 3:50PM 4172
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.236.01.Sp20
Email list: LAW.236.01.Sp20@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - LLM-ICL
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice