Today's leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This course will seek to strengthen the capacity of each student to write and speak well in public settings while navigating a range of leadership scenarios. Approximately one-half of the course will be devoted to classes that introduce students to strategies of communication and to models of public presentation. The other half will consist of smaller workshops in which students will hone their skills in public speaking. The course is designed for potential leaders in… Read more about The Arts of Communication (DPI-801B)
Violence and social injustices abound in the world. How do we make a difference? This class will apply the concepts of strategizing to today’s human rights struggles, examining cases of successful efforts to learn key principles and applying them to live and unsettled cases. Over the last decades, the human rights movement has emphasized the development of international treaties to define ideals as legal norms, created international institutions and instruments to encourage those norms to be implemented, and built local, national, and transnational civil society organizations to… Read more about Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice
Through the International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced, students continue to explore theory and practice and to refine core skills necessary to become effective and thoughtful human rights advocates. Students again work on pressing and timely human rights problems around the world, in collaboration with leading international and local human rights organizations. Those in the Clinic have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to advance the interests of clients and affected communities. For example, students interview survivors and document abuse; undertake legal, factual, and… Read more about International Human Rights Clinic - Advanced
Through the International Human Rights Clinic, students link theory with practice and learn core skills necessary to become effective and thoughtful human rights advocates. Students work on pressing and timely human rights problems around the world, in collaboration with leading international and local human rights organizations. Those in the Clinic have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to advance the interests of clients and affected communities. For example, students interview survivors and document abuse; undertake legal, factual, and strategic analysis; and interact… Read more about International Human Rights Clinic
This course provides a general introduction to the law, theory, and practice of internationally recognized human rights. The course is designed to provide students with an informed and critical perspective on international instruments and institutions, and domestic legal arrangements relating to the articulation and implementation of human rights. Topics will include the historical origins of modern human rights law; connections between civil, political, social, and economic rights; global, regional, and national methods of implementation and enforcement; and comparative discussion of some… Read more about International Human Rights
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.… Read more about Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies
This course offers students a critical evaluation of the role of human rights, as law, ethics, and politics, in the foreign policy of contemporary states. It is designed to help future diplomats, foreign service officers, human rights activists, and future politicians understand how international conventions, human rights NGO's, UN and regional human rights bodies, and media-driven human rights narratives shape the conduct of large and small states. The course will focus on what is controversial and contested about the role of human rights in modern foreign policy. Some states… Read more about Human Rights and Foreign Policy
The instructor reserves the right to un-register students auditing this class to make room for students taking this course for a letter grade. A growing number of children and adolescents around the world are subjected to violence, exploitation and other forms of abuse. These harms persist despite the proliferation of international norms and structures designed to protect this population and promote its wellbeing. In many cases global transformations exacerbate rather than reduce the risks of abuse and increase the protection challenges these risks give rise to. Though each… Read more about Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection
Human rights norms and discourse are employed widely by advocates around the world in their struggles for social justice. This course explores what it means to be a human rights advocate, whether one is engaged in debates over U.S. policy at home and abroad, the role of corporations in alleged violations, or the role of rights in times of transitions from conflict. Through case studies and simulations, this seminar examines the various dimensions and limitations of human rights advocacy, including strategic, ethical, and tactical challenges. What are the different ways that human rights… Read more about Human Rights Advocacy
This seminar offers advanced training on a variety of skills relevant to the work of human rights advocates. It is designed for students who already have at least one semester of experience in the International Human Rights Clinic. Students will work intensively on a skills module of their choice. Past skills modules have focused on media work, fact-finding and interviewing, negotiation and coalition-building, and community-based advocacy. Through these modules, students build experience and leadership skills crucial for a career in human rights, exploring ways to set and advance human… Read more about Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy
This seminar will address difficult questions in the contemporary world at the intersection of human rights law and some interpretations of Islamic law. Topics to be examined include religious freedom, free expression, sexual relations and sexuality, gender equality, the rights of children, and public dress and behavior. The seminar will focus on how human rights organizations-international, regional, and local-have worked on cases in these areas of concern, and will consider how such organizations can most effectively address issues that involve religious belief.
This course surveys a selection of topics in contemporary human rights law, with attention to broader concepts in international law, as well as to cognate fields like international criminal and international humanitarian law. A consistent focus is how the United States relates to the international human rights system -- and how, conversely, that system impinges on diverse areas of American law and policy. The course also takes up the ways in which both the international system and the rights jurisprudence of other countries might differ from approaches in American law, as for example in… Read more about International Law and Human Rights
This seminar is an introduction to human rights and the role they have come to play in international politics. The goal is to provide basic human rights literacy and to put students in a position to debate questions about human rights and dilemmas that arise about them.
This course explores the political conditions - international and domestic - that influence the creation, acceptance, operation and effectiveness of the international rules governing individual human rights.