Protecting Human Rights in Conflict Situations: Law and Practice Seminar
J.D. Seminar 1229 (cross-listed)
| 2 credit hours
The seminar is divided into four parts. Part I asks students to take off their “legal” or “human rights” hat and to consider the various underlying factors – political, economic, military-security, cultural, historical etc - and proximate causes which lead to conflict and the consequences of conflict. A broad interdisciplinary approach to understanding the underlying factors, proximate causes or triggers of conflict and the consequences of conflict, including human rights abuses, will enable students to more effectively analyse and assess the efforts of the international community to protect human rights in conflict situations and to construct innovative, ground-truthed responses.
Part II sets out an overview of the international normative framework governing the protection of human rights in conflict, and the international institutional framework responsible for its protection. These frameworks will provide guidance to students as to how protection should work on the ground, as well as highlight already some of the inherent tensions to its effective functioning on the ground.
Part III, through the vehicle of case studies on Darfur, Afghanistan, Libya, Sri Lanka and Syria, highlights some of the critical challenges, dilemmas and challenges to protecting human rights in conflict situations. Covering questions of political will of host governments, through lack of capacity, to interference from powerful neighbours, to the role of human rights in peace processes; many themes that arise regularly in conflict situations will be discussed and the interplay between these issues will be highlighted. Examination of these issues through the use of contemporary case studies is expected to help students concretise extant challenges and to understand the complex interconnectedness between such issues as peace, human rights, justice, security, politics etc.
Part IV provides an opportunity to reflect on the successes, failures and lessons of international practice. A role-play exercise will also take place in which students will be able to put into practice the information, knowledge and analysis gained through the course in a stimulation of a conflict-related scenario. Three classes will be dedicated to students’ presentation of their policy papers in an opportunity to both practice presentation skills as well as to enable students and professor alike to learn from each other.
Strongly Recommended: Prior enrollment in International Law I and/or International Human Rights.
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