Netherlands, Utrecht

Public International Law and Human Rights

when 3 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1300

The special track consists of:
- Introduction to Public International Law
- International Human Rights Law: An Introduction

The aim of the first week of this combined track is to provide the participants with a basic introduction to selected issues of international law, and to show its relevance in today's most pertinent global challenges. We will look at the role of international law in responding to today's global challenges, such as the Russian activities in Ukraine, the legal aftermath of Srebrenica, the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, and climate change negotiations. These issues will be used to examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, and questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organizations.

The second week of the combined track offers the participants a basic introduction to human rights law. It begins by examining the philosophical and political foundations of human rights and then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for their promotion and protection at the international and regional levels. Human rights-based approaches used to analyze conflict and to attempt 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 (im)possibilities offered by human rights law, and the way in which the various elements in this field interplay.

Course leader

Cedric Ryngaert

Target group

The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in international law in general, with a focus on human rights.

Course aim

Introduce the participants to international and human rights law.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1300: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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