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International Human Rights Seminar

Limit: 16 students

This seminar aims to analyze contemporary international human rights: their historical and philosophical bases, their substantive content and the institutions and processes for their enforcement. The focus is on global (essentially United Nations) activity. The course emphasizes the legal dimension of human rights rather than the moral or political aspects.

Assessment is based on a research paper to be submitted by the end of the semester on a topic in international human rights of each student’s choice, subject to approval. It is expected that each student’s class presentation will be on the topic of this paper. All WIE and Capstone paper candidates must submit an outline by the end of September and a draft by Thanksgiving.

This seminar meets the WIE or Capstone writing requirements.