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Women, Children, Gender and Human Rights

This seminar will examine the treatment in international human rights law of issues relating to women, children and gender. We will focus close attention on the relevant treaties and related instruments, as well as on the practice and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the various relevant treaty bodies, the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court. Examples will also be drawn from domestic legislation and decisions of national courts. Topics to be covered include, among others: sex and labor trafficking; juvenile justice; children in armed conflict; rape as an act of war; domestic violence; corporal punishment; and discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Through readings, films/videos and discussions, we will explore in particular areas of competing conceptions of rights (for example, is banning the burqa a violation of freedom of religion or a means of protecting women from sexist cultural or religious practices?) or competing strategies for the furtherance of human rights (for example, should a country like the U.S., which only recently banned the criminalization of homosexual sex, try to dictate to other countries the pace at which those countries should change their laws?). In lieu of an exam, students will be expected to write a 25 page paper on a topic approved by the instructor. Students will be evaluated based on the paper and on participation in class discussions. This class meets the Research Writing Requirement

Catalog Number: CONPUB 682
Practice Areas: Administrative Law & GovtCivil and Human RightsConstitutional LawConstitutional Law & ProcedureCriminal Law Practice AreaFamily Law Practice AreaInternational Law Practice AreaLabor and Employment Area
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class,  3 draft degree req may be met with class,  Consult Professor about writing requirements,  Research Writing


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Women, Children, Gender and Human Rights
Faculty: Alemzadeh, Sheerine
Evans, Christine
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 15

Spring 2018
Title: Women, Children, Gender and Human Rights
Faculty: Alemzadeh, Sheerine
Evans, Christine
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8

Spring 2017
Title: Women, Children, Gender and Human Rights
Faculty: Evans, Christine
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 16