Site Navigation Links
Course Navigation Links
Home Page for Prof. Jamar's
International Law of Human Rights Seminar
HU Course No. 600-672
Welcome. This website provides information about the International Law of Human Rights Seminar as taught by Prof. Jamar.
This seminar will introduce students to the study of the international law of human rights. Students will become familiar with the core IHR treaties and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with foundational principles of IHR, and with ongoing issues confronting IHR advocates.
Particular issues addressed vary from year to year depending upon current events, student interest, and the professor’s assessment of significant ongoing concerns. Potential topics include civil and political rights like free exercise of religion, equality, freedom of expression, and other aspects of liberty as well as economic, social, and cultural rights such as the right to health, education, a clean environment, and work. Rights of women, LGBT rights, group rights such as those of indigenous peoples, and more may be explored.
In the coming year recurring themes will include (1) the human rights relating to economic empowerment; (2) problems of universality of human rights across diverse cultures; and (3) rights of historically disempowered and marginalized groups including, for example, the rights of indigenous peoples and communities.
The course is a seminar. For the first part of the semester the professor will do some lecturing, but most of the class time will be discussing IHR topics based largely but not exclusively on the readings assigned each week from the textbook. In the latter part of the course students will conduct class on their research papers (on topics selected in consultation with and subject to the approval of the professor).
Grades will be based upon (1) class participation, (2) conducting the class (or portion of a class) on your paper topic, and (3) the final paper.
You can contact me at email@example.com.
While there are no prerequisites for this course, completion of Con Law II and either completion of International Law or taking it concurrently are strongly recommended.
Assigments for first week
last updated 4 April 2014