This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: International Human Rights in Theory and Practice (LAW/GOVT 3887).

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this three-credit course will run July 13–31.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

Please contact us if you have questions.

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Explore human rights advocacy & paths to create a more just world

This program will introduce you to the law, theory, and practice of international human rights. By examining the successes, failures, and dilemmas in preventing and responding to human rights abuse, you'll learn to think critically about the effectiveness of international treaties, institutions, and norms.

Among the issues you'll explore are the death penalty, women's rights, migration, climate change, global poverty, mass atrocities, and accountability for past human rights violations. You'll also consider the relationship of the U.S. to the international system for the protection of human rights.

During in-class activities, you'll step into the shoes of a human rights advocate and work with your classmates to address a simulated human rights problem.

This program can serve as a great foundation for future study; for a career in government, law, non-profit, or for-profit work; or for life as a more responsible and informed citizen, effective advocate, or thoughtful and compassionate leader.