Human Rights Study Project (YR)

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/8
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1130-1250
  • SL276
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

The Human Rights Study Project (HRSP) is a yearlong, three-credit course that prepares students to conduct human rights research and produce original scholarship. The HRSP has three main components. During the fall term, project participants meet weekly for a seminar-style discussion to analyze specific investigative techniques and reflect on practicalities and ethical concerns in human rights research. Over the winter break (J-Term), students perform guided fieldwork. Finally, students write individual papers and present their findings in the spring term. The 2022-2023 HRSP will focus on Human Rights and Social Movements in Argentina. For more than 40 years, the global human rights movement has been inspired and shaped by Argentinean human rights organizations’ innovation, tenacity, and resilience. Among other essential legacies, the victims of Argentina’s Dirty War (1971-85) and their trailblazing efforts for memory and justice have led the fight against oblivion and impunity for gross human rights violations. But the strength of the Argentine social movements has not focused exclusively on accountability for state-sponsored repression. One of its most striking features is how the lessons learned by pioneering generations of activists are inherited by new movements that, without forgetting the many still outstanding debts of the transition, channel their activism into new rights-based agendas for social change. The mobilization for women’s rights is a recent notable example. During the winter term, the class will travel for a week to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to hold meetings with local activists, scholars, and policy experts and visit emblematic human rights organizations. Some of the topics HRSP’s participants will be exposed to include accountability for crimes against humanity, women’s rights, and the enforcement of economic, social, and cultural rights.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will prepare for human rights fieldwork including interviewing techniques, fact-finding, and the practicalities of human rights research. During the Spring semester, after the completion of the fieldwork undertaken during Winter break, students will draft a paper, due via EXPO on or before the last day of the final Spring semester examination period noon (EST). NOTE: the paper cannot be used for the Upper Level Writing Requirement unless a student will have satisfied their Prof. Skills requirement already, AND only if the student timely submits the Upper-Level Writing "Special Request" form (available via LawWeb).

Other Work
Students will perform fieldwork during winter break (location TBD).

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: International Human Rights Law is recommended, but not required. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Enrollment in this year-long course is determined by application to the instructor. Interested students must send a resume and a 2-page essay explaining their reasons for wanting to take the course. Students must email their applications to Professor Camilo Sanchez ( no later than July 6, 2022. Admitted students will be notified of acceptance shortly thereafter. SRO will enroll the students selected for participation in the HRSP. No enrollment action will be required by the student. Please, bear in mind that (1) space in the Project is limited. If the number of applications exceeds the number of slots available, some applicants will be denied admission for lack of space, and (2) by submitting your application, you give your commitment that if granted enrollment in the course, you will carry through with participation in the program throughout the coming academic year. All international travel undertaken by students for University-related purposes is subject to the UVA Policy on Student International Travel, so the trip and logistical details (travel and lodging arrangements, etc) are subject to restrictions and/or cancellation by the University at any time. Students are urged to review the "Study Abroad Guidelines" on LawWeb, and failing to adhere to pre-departure advice and guidance could result in a student being withdrawn from the course without course credit. CREDITS: This year-long course carries 3 credits -- 1 earned at the conclusion of the fall term on a credit/no credit basis, and 2 earned at the conclusion of the spring term on a letter-graded basis.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Law No.
Modified Type
Simulation (Excl.)
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM