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Nation Building: International Human Rights in Transitional Societies

This seminar course will explore the nation building elements that must be in place in a state emerging from a period of state oppression or armed conflict in order for that state to become a society where human rights are respected. In the course we will examine the concepts of international human rights, democracy, rule of law, constitutionalism, self-determination, civil society, gender justice and minority rights, and the role these factors play, individually and in combination, in creating and maintaining an emergent society that respects international human rights. We will consider the role of a number of devices designed to aid broken societies transition to rights respecting ones, including truth and reconciliation commissions, judicial intervention, and collective action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 700
Practice Areas: Civil and Human RightsInternational Law Practice Area


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Nation Building: International Human Rights in Transitional Societies
Faculty: Sawyer, Stephen P. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 11



Fall 2012
Title: Nation Building: International Human Rights in Transitional Societies
Faculty: Sawyer, Stephen P. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19



Fall 2011
Title: Intl HR Law: Nation Building
Faculty: Sawyer, Stephen P. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 16



Fall 2010
Title: Nation Building: International Human Rights in Transitional Societies
Faculty: Sawyer, Stephen P. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 18