Netherlands, Utrecht

International Human Rights Law: An Introduction

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 750

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. Participants will examine the development of human rights law and role played by human rights institutions at all levels of society. Human rights-based approaches for analyzing conflict and attempts to promote peace and justice will also be explored. 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.

Course leader

Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh

Target group

The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in international human rights law.

Course aim

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

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 550: Course + course materials

Register for this course
on course website