The UN Human Rights System

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
V
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Academic Program: 
Master of Arts in Human Rights
Academic Program: 
Master of Laws in Human Rights
Instructor(s): 
Sejal Parmar

This course critically examines the international human rights system established under the auspices of the United Nations. It looks at the role and effectiveness of key UN organs and bodies dealing with the development, monitoring and enforcement of international human rights law. The course analyses the functions, procedures and performance of such bodies established under the UN Charter, notably the Human Rights Council and the Security Council, and under the core UN human rights treaties, notably the Human Rights Committee. It also acknowledges some of the current and dominant normative debates within these bodies, whilst addressing ongoing discussions concerning their institutional evolution and reform.
The final grade will be based on class participation (10%), one written assignment (30%) and a final exam (60%).