International Human Rights
Enrollment: 18 students
This class analyzes contemporary international human rights: their historical and philosophical bases, their substantive content, and the procedural and institutional means for their enforcement. The course focuses on global human rights activity and emphasizes the legal dimension of human rights rather than their moral or political aspects.
Assessment is based primarily on a research paper to be submitted by the end of the semester on a topic in international human rights law of each student’s choice, subject to instructor approval. Each student will give a class presentation on their paper topic. Evaluation will also be based on class participation. Student research papers may satisfy either the Capstone writing requirement or no formal writing requirement. Only a few students will be allowed to do the Capstone. How these few will be chosen will be discussed the first day of class.