Summer Abroad: Public International Law, International Human Rights Law

Catalog No.: 873

Course Description:

Public International Law (PIL) is composed of the laws, rules, and principles of general application that deal with the conduct of nation states and international organizations among themselves as well as the relationships between nation states and international organizations with persons, whether natural or juridical. Public International Law is sometimes called the “law of nations” or just simply International Law

This course covers a range of aspects of PIL, such as, sources of PIL, international organizations and institutions, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and others.

International human rights law (IHRL) is the body of international law designed to promote human rights on social, regional, and domestic levels. As one of the branches of international law, international human rights law is primarily made up of treaties, agreements between sovereign states intended to have binding legal effect between the parties that have agreed to them. Other international human rights instruments, while not legally binding, contribute to the implementation, understanding, and development of international human rights law.

This course covers a range of aspects of IHRL, such as International human rights treaties, the enforcement mechanisms and universal and Regional systems of international human rights law (Particularly the UN and Inter-American System) as well as other monitoring, implementation and enforcement mechanisms.

The program includes visits to, and briefings at, the key UN and international institutions located in Geneva. The seminars are taught in the mornings, and site visits are scheduled in the afternoons. Classes are held at Webster University, located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue. Students may attend all or some portion of the four week academic program, depending upon their particular interest. Each week taken alone is worth 1 unit of credit; if taking 3 weeks of classes, 4 units of credit will be given; or for the entire 4 week program, 5 units of credit will be given.

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