This advanced seminar will focus on selected topics relating to the work of the UN human rights treaty bodies, especially the Human Rights Committee (of which the instructor was previously a member). Topics vary from year to year, but may include such subjects as arbitrary detention, religious exemptions, military trials, forced evictions, "hate speech," rights of persons with disabilities, and international monitoring procedures. The seminar will meet six times each semester, in two-hour sessions. Grading will be based on class participation and a series of short reaction papers.
The seminar is required for LL.M. students in the LL.M. human rights concentration. Participation by J.D. students is also encouraged. By permission of instructor. Students who have taken either the 1L or upper-level International Human Rights introductory course at HLS may enroll without special permission but should contact the instructor for pro forma permission due to technical reasons; other students who have not taken that course but believe that they have equivalent preparation may contact the instructor for permission to enroll. Auditing will not be permitted.