Interested in learning about human rights? This one-week online introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights and then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Particular attention will be paid to issues of equality and discrimination, including on grounds of sex and race. Through lectures, interactive working groups and expert panels, participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in this field.
The basic notion of human rights lies in the recognition of the need to protect and affirm an individual’s dignity. They are the rights of individuals in society, regardless of one’s background, origin, age, income, religion, sex or race. Human rights play an increasingly important role at the international, regional, national and local level, where individuals use the language of human rights to assert and protect their rights. Despite the proliferation of human rights-related documents, challenges with implementation and protection continue.
This one-week, comprehensive online introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law, delving into both theory and practice. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights. It then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels, looking at civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and their relationship with one another. Participants will analyse specific rights in context, focusing on the complexities around ensuring human rights protection. Focus here will be placed on issues of equality and discrimination, including on the grounds of sex and race. Participants will examine the development of human rights law and role played by human rights institutions at all levels of society. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and virtual excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in this field. The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in human rights law. It will allow participants to gain an in-depth understanding of human rights law in theory and in practice.
Prof. Antoine Buyse
Prof Cees Flinterman
Dr. Julie Fraser
Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh
Dr. Laura Henderson
Dr. Kushtrim Istrefi
Dr. Lorena Sosa
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts
Dr. Alexandra Timmer
Dr. Marjolein van den Brink
Aim of the course
The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of international human rights law.
6 contact hours per day, 5 days. 2 hours reading per day.
Note: these contact hours will include online discussion, group work assignments of students and viewing of pre-recorded lectures.
This course will be offered in Summer 2021 through online learning.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts | Address: Office 3A-28, Newtonlaan 201, 3584 BH Utrecht, The Netherlands | E: firstname.lastname@example.org