International Human Rights Advocacy and Practice

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Restricted Elective
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Master of Laws in Human Rights
Academic Program: 
Master of Arts in Human Rights
Sejal Parmar

This course begins by considering ongoing debates about the ethics underpinning human rights advocacy. It then focuses on the methods employed by NGOs working to advance human rights and the challenges such NGOs face. These methods include: gathering evidence through investigations; reporting and communicating the findings; campaigning and lobbying; undertaking strategic litigation; and participating in standard-setting exercises. The course also looks at activities which underpin and are essential for effective advocacy, namely measuring its impact and fundraising. Relying on a diversity of sources, this course assesses the nature and value of international human rights advocacy and practice, while providing critical and practical insights into the work of an individual advocate or practitioner.
The final grade will be based on: (1) participation in class (10%); (2) a written advocacy statement to be delivered in class (15%); (3) a written fundraising proposal (15%); and (4) a research paper focusing on a case-study of human rights advocacy (60%).