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Spring 2021

Course Description
This course will examine the substantial body of human rights law that has emerged in the last seventy years, beginning with the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It will cover international human rights treaties, global and regional human rights courts and tribunals, and international human rights organizations and bodies. It will also look at practice, implementation and domestic application of international law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-15-2021   WF  10:10 AM-11:25 AM DL
02-18-2021 - 02-18-2021   R  12:30 PM-2:00 PM DL
02-23-2021 - 02-23-2021   T  12:30 PM-2:00 PM DL
04-16-2021 - 04-16-2021   F  11:00 AM-3:30 PM DL
04-19-2021 - 04-19-2021   M  12:30 PM-3:45 PM DL
04-21-2021 - 04-27-2021   TWF  10:10 AM-11:25 AM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation: 15%. Mini TED Talk: 20%. Short TED Talk paper: 20%. Final Exam: 45%.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Co-Listed Course
1L Elective
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Social Justice - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship Law Area of Focus (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: International Human Rights Law
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Douglas Lee Donoho
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 5th ed 2017
    ISBN: 978-1-5310-0389-0

Additional Materials:
This book can be purchased in both electronic and paper version.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Historical Background and Emergence of the International Human Rights System • Donoho, Ch.1, Section B.1-B2, B4 (pp. 1-5, 10-12). • Donoho, Ch. 3, Section B (pp. 50-60). • Kathryn Sikkink, Latin American Countries as Norm Protagonists of the Idea of International Human Rights, 20 GLOBAL GOVERNANCE 389 (2014) (start reading from “Historical Background”), • Universal Declaration of Human Rights,   

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1.16.19.pdf
    Latin American countries as norm protagonists.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5923
Office: E256