Denmark, Aarhus

Current Issues in International Human Rights Law - course closed

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 1230

Human rights: We all have them, we’ve all heard of them, and we know that there are laws to protect them. But we hear equally often about war crimes, refugee crises, persecution of sexual minorities and children suffering starvation and preventable diseases. So does the international human rights law legal system work – and why or why not?

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the international human rights legal system and the challenges it faces. The focus of the course is on the international level and importantly, on current issues facing the international system. This means that you will be working actively with cases, examples, and issues that governments, lawyers, NGOs and the United Nations are also discussing, in addition to background cases to help you understand how the system has worked in the past. The aim is to help you think critically – from a legal perspective – about the messages you see and hear about human rights in the media, and about the international system generally.

In addition to an introduction to the international legal system, human rights bodies, and substantive rights in international law, the course will offer three related, specialised topics through which to examine international human rights law in practice: the law of armed conflict, refugee law, and transitional justice. The precise cases and examples to be used will be determined according to current events.

An introduction to international law or human rights is an advantage, though not a requirement for taking this course. We look forward to seeing you in class, summer 2017!

Course leader

Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Target group

Master's level

Fee info

EUR 1230: Any student with a preapproval from a Danish Institution or a nomination from an International Partner: No Fee

EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 1230 EUR

NON-EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 1700 EUR

Books, course materials, social programme, and housing are not included in the fee.