International Human Rights Law
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5157
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course on international human rights law is an introductory survey course that examines the different mechanisms of human rights protection. Students examine the major developments of human rights laws since World War II, including the Nuremberg trials, the codification of human rights principles in a number of major treaties, and the development and establishment of dispute resolution systems such as the United Nations (including the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), treaty bodies such as the ICCPR Human Rights Committee, International Criminal Tribunals, and the European, Inter-American, and African systems. This course will further examine such fundamental principles as customary international law, universal jurisdiction, state responsibility, the role of treaties, civil and political rights, economic, social, cultural and religious rights, genocide and torture law, and cultural relativism. In addition, the course will examine several major human rights cases. This course will use the casebook by Steiner, Alston, International Human Rights in Context (3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2008). Students will be reading cases in addition to traditional materials.