International Human Rights
Instructor: Thomas Ginsburg,Leo Spitz Professor of International Law; Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar; Professor, Political Science
HMRT 37700 (= LAWS 96101, PLSC 56101)
This course is an introduction to international human rights law, covering the major instruments and institutions that operate on the international plane. It includes discussion of the conceptual underpinnings of human rights, the structure of the United Nations System, the major international treaties, regional human rights machinery, and the interplay of national and international systems in enforcing human rights. There are no prerequisites. Grading will be on the basis of a take-home exam at the end of the quarter. Students who wish to write, in lieu of the exam, a paper sufficient to satisfy the substantial requirement, may do so upon approval of the topic in advance.