An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the principles of Human Rights Law.
A one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.Apply Now
This course will provide students’ with a comprehensive, in-depth overview and introduction into international human rights law.
Students will acquire a strong, theoretical and practical understanding of the design and development of modern international human rights law with attention paid to both the work of UN human rights bodies as well as regional organisations in supporting and protecting international human rights law.
The course will critically assess current global and regional challenges including international cross border dimensions of violations, the responsibilities of multiple global actors, effective monitoring and implementation in addition to the challenges posed by terrorism, poverty. It will make connections between global and local responses to issues in contemporary human law and students will engage in defining strategies to effectively implement and advance human rights law in a variety of contexts. Relevant sources of international law will be introduced and debated and discussed including sources, the nature of obligations and the scope of their application.
The course will then spend time reflecting on the effectiveness of substantive human rights (i.e. human rights possessed by people in ordered society and natural law) in international law including equality, discrimination and minorities. Students will consider the human rights dimension of legal issues regarding equality, non-discrimination and vulnerable communities, and builds on themes of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, religion, and so on in topical case studies. Following a detailed investigation and analysis of the effectiveness of legal protections and enforcement the final part of the course will critically appraise the prospects for extensions in human rights law and pinpoint challenges for students to research and evaluate further.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Foundations of International Human Rights Law-history, justifications and critiques|
|Seminar 1: Discussion on legal sources of human rights with case study analysis of recent examples of human rights law problems|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: International Human Rights-legal frameworks and the international legal system|
|Seminar 2: Research investigation into the strengths and weaknesses of human rights law treaties, customary international law, principles, the role of human rights institutions and more|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Substantive Rights|
|Seminar 3: Substantive Rights|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Regional protection of human rights; monitoring and enforcing human rights|
|Seminar 4: Critical evaluation of regional protections and enforcement regimes in the Americas, Europe and Africa|
|Friday||Lecture 5: On-going challenges and issues and prospects for further protections and effective enforcement|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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