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Constitutional Rights and Human Rights in Comparative Perspective Seminar
J.D. Seminar 1100 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This seminar will compare and build bridges between the law of international human rights and the law of constitutional rights in the United States in particular, along with other national jurisdictions. In comparing rights between international and national systems, the seminar will explore the relationship between internationalism and constitutionalism – and the tensions inherent in that relationship. Students will examine the history, theory, and sources of rights in these systems; the institutions for implementing them; and the remedies for violations. The seminar will also compare the treatment of particular rights in different systems: for example, the right to equality, the right to life and the capital punishment, reproductive rights and privacy, sexual autonomy and sexuality, free speech and hate speech, and socio-economic rights. While debates around these rights have unfolded over several decades, the seminar will grapple with human rights and constitutional rights in the context of new wrinkles on these classic debates – for example, in light of the rise of social media, counterterrorism policies in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, and the growing legal recognition of nonstate actors.
Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in International Human Rights Law or International Law I: Introduction to International Law.