Civil Rights and Liberties in the US

Course Status: 
CEU credits: 
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Start and end dates: 
19 Sep 2011 - 20 Oct 2011
Co-hosting Unit(s) [if applicable]: 
Department of Legal Studies
Academic Program: 
Master of Laws in Human Rights
Academic Program: 
Master of Arts in Human Rights
Renáta Uitz

This introductory course is intended to familiarize students in the Human Rights Program with the precedent-based approach to the protection of fundamental rights and liberties though the experiences of the U.S. constitutional system. The course is structured along of select problems of rights protection in courts using examples of freedom of religion, equal protection, liberty and privacy. Constitutional problems will be presented in their broader historical and societal context.. Note that the US jurisprudence on other fundamental rights will be covered in separate courses in detail during the academic year).


The course aspires to introduce the U.S. constitutional system from a unique, human rights oriented perspective. The primary aim of the course is to make students feel comfortable in a legal setting where court decisions are a primary source of the law and of the protection of constitutional rights and liberties. In addition, the course hopes to present constitutional litigation as a means of defending individual rights.