The two-week program will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of human rights law, and will include practice-based examples for lawyers and other professionals working in a range of fields. The course will be taught by professors from Fordham Law School, and will be a rigorous program with daily lectures and workshops. The program will also include fieldwork and discussions with attorneys practicing international law in New York, in governments, and with non-governmental organizations. The program may also include a field trip to the United Nations Headquarters and to Washington DC.
The program is suitable both for recent graduates and advanced professionals, as well as people working in international law, development, and business. The course is open to students from around the world. The Leitner Center will work with students to obtain necessary visas and other paperwork.
Summer 2014 Information:
DATES: July 28, 2014 - August 10, 2014
FEES: $2,000 for early applicants; $2,500 for regular applicants
DEADLINES: March 15, 2014 for the early application cycle; May 15, 2014 for the regular application cycle
TO APPLY: Applicants must send an application packet (2-page form available here); a $100 non-refundable fee; copy of valid passport (photo page only); passport sized photo; and copy of current CV.
MANDATORY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Overview of International Human Rights
The first week of the Summer Human Rights Institute will provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of human rights law. The course will first examine the evolution of international human rights law, and will then look at the key international instruments that protect human rights as well as the main mechanisms for the implementation of international human rights law within the UN system. Topics covered will include the debate over the universality, interdependence and invisibility of rights, and the practical political realities of promoting human rights.
The second week of the course will provide participants with a choice of modules that focus on selected areas of human rights law. Each module will provide an overview of the key issues in each field and the most recent developments in the area, as well as offering practical insight into the subject from guest speakers and specialists working in the field.
Module 1 - Business and Human Rights
Looking at the increasing expectation of socially responsible business and sustainable enterprise, this course will critically review recent developments in the field of business and human rights law, including in the area of responsible investment. This module will analyze the current instruments that set the standards for corporate behavior, including the recently endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Module 2 - Groups Most Vulnerable to Human Rights Abuses
This course will introduce the human rights issues facing groups particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses such as women and children, the LGBT community and persons with disabilities. Readings will examine the various international human rights treaties addressing these concerns and describe the international legal framework's increasingly cross-referential approach to monitoring such abuses. In addition, the course will explore the intersecting human rights abuses unique to individuals with multiple identities within these groups.
Module 3 – Civil and Political Rights
Providing participants with an in-depth understanding of civil and political rights (CPR), this course will critically evaluate CPR instruments, enforcement mechanisms and the role of the Human Rights Committee. Analyzing a number of specific civil and political rights in context, this course will also examine the important role that human rights now play in international development.
Module 4 - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
This course will provide a detailed examination of economic, social and cultural rights, with a review of the international instruments and mechanisms used to protect them. Looking at socio-economic rights in context and using case studies, this course will also consider the expectation of progressive realization, methods of enforcement, and developing understanding of extraterritorial obligations towards economic, social and cultural rights.
Upon conclusion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Participation.