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International Human Rights:

Link to International Human Rights Class Files

Course topics:

Overview: International human rights law, unquestionably an exciting field, is also complex and demanding. Professor Olivier de Schutter of the Unviersity of Louvain, Belgium, focused on international human rights law as global legal system, rather than as a collection of different (though related) rights, giving it relevance and immediacy. Drawing on cases and materials from a wide range of sources, he showed how human rights law is used as a tool to address contemporary issues such as counter terrorism, global poverty and religious diversity. Materials were organized thematically, allowing readers to make comparisons and connections between different legal treaties and systems. Students were also easily able to assess how human rights are protected under domestic and international laws. The law was placed in context throughout, ensuring full understanding of why laws exist and how they work.

Contents of the Professor's Book Chapters read during course included: