Course description

This course will introduce students to the law, theory, and practice of international human rights. Students will think critically about the effectiveness of the international human rights system by examining its successes, failures, and dilemmas in preventing and responding to human rights abuse. Topics covered will include the origins and foundations of international human rights; the role of international, regional, and domestic institutions and actors in enforcing human rights; critiques of the human rights movement; and the relationship of the United States to the international system for the protection of human rights. The course will also explore issues such as the death penalty, women’s human rights, migration, climate change, global poverty, racism and xenophobia, and responses to mass atrocities. During in-class activities, students will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a human rights advocate and work with their classmates to address simulated human rights problems.

No class on Monday, January 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Winter 2024: Online course

Elizabeth Brundige
Elizabeth Brundige
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Cornell Gender Justice Clinic
Section ID:LAW 3887 001-LEC
Session:3-week Winter session
Class dates:January 2-19, 2024
Final exam/project due:Friday January 19, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM / Online (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM / Online
WR 12 PM - 1 PM / Online
Mode of instruction:Online (async+sync)
Instructor:Brundige, E. (eb456)
Max. enroll:30
Notes:Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours outside of published class times to watch pre-recorded videos, participate in online discussion boards, and collaborate in small groups.
Related:Cross-listed with GOVT 3887 001-LEC
To enroll:

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This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.