GOVT-680 International Human Rights in US Courts
Fall for 2017-2018
Prof Paul Hughes
This course examines the enforcement of international human rights law in U.S. courts. The course begins with a brief overview of the principles of international and domestic law that permit the creation of the human rights law framework. From there, we will study a variety of norms including prohibitions on torture, genocide, war crimes, forced labor, human trafficking, terrorism, environmental degradation, and medical experimentation. We will read recent judicial decisions in which a party alleges a violation of a right in order to understand when and how judicial remedies are available. Readings are composed primarily of international treaties, judicial opinions, and law review articles. Midterm and final papers are required.
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