Course Details

International Human Rights Law

The course on international human rights law is an introductory survey course drawn from the casebook by Steiner, Alston, and Goodman entitled, International Human Rights in Context (3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2008). Students examine human rights concepts, the influence of customary international law, state responsibility, general principles, the interwar minorities regime, the role of treaties, the Nuremberg trials, the codification of human rights principles in a number of major treaties since World War II, civil and political rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, national security and terrorism in the context of human rights, torture law, cultural relativism, religious rights, freedom of expression and dress, international criminal tribunals, the United Nations human rights system (including the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), treaty bodies such as the ICCPR Human Rights Committee, the European, Inter-American, and African systems, universal jurisdiction, corporate social responsibility litigation and global comparisons. There will be an open-book exam at the end of the course.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 803I


Course History

Summer 2013
Title: International Human Rights Law
Faculty: Scheffer, David J. (courses  |  homepage)
Kaeb, Caroline
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 33     Actual: 32



Summer 2012
Title: International Human Rights Law
Faculty: Scheffer, David J. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 38     Actual: 37