Disciplines

International Human Rights Law: An Introduction

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Course code
E08
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 550.00
Level
Advanced Bachelor
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Interested in learning about human rights? This one-week introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights and then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Particular attention will be paid to issues of equality and discrimination, including on grounds of sex and race. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in this field.
The basic notion of human rights lies in the recognition of the need to protect and affirm an individual’s dignity. They are the rights of individuals in society, regardless of one’s background, origin, age, income, religion, sex or race. Human rights play an increasingly important role at the international, regional, national and local level, where individuals use the language of human rights to assert and protect their rights. Despite the proliferation of human rights-related documents, challenges with implementation and protection continue.

This one-week, comprehensive introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law, delving into both theory and practice. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights. It then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels, looking at civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and their relationship with one another. Participants will analyse specific rights in context, focusing on the complexities around ensuring human rights protection. Focus here will be placed on issues of equality and discrimination, including on the grounds of sex and race. Participants will examine the development of human rights law and role played by human rights institutions at all levels of society. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in this field. The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in human rights law. It will allow participants to gain an in-depth understanding of human rights law in theory and in practice.
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Course director

Dr. Julie Fraser

Lecturers

Prof Jenny Goldschmidt

Prof Kees Flinterman

Dr. Julie Fraser

Dr. Marjolein van den Brink

Dr. Katharine Fortin 

Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh

Dr. Laura Henderson

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of international human rights law.

Study load

6 contact hours per day, 5 days.
2 hours reading per day.

Costs

Course fee
€ 550.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

The fee also covers lunch provided on all five days as well as a welcome reception on the first day.

Application

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Dr Julie Fraser, Office 3A-28, Newtonlaan 201, 3584 BH Utrecht, The Netherlands, J.A.Fraser@uu.nl

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The Politics of Human Rights: Narratives and Counternarratives

Registration

Application deadline: 15 June 2019