International Human Rights Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 21/44
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1130-1250
  • WB105
01/24/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course is an introduction to international human rights law, covering the major legal instruments and institutions that operate on the international plane. It includes discussion of the conceptual underpinnings of human rights, the structure of the United Nations System, the major international treaties, the regional human rights machinery, and the interplay of national and international systems in enforcing human rights. It will also provide an introduction to the various substantive areas of human rights law: civil and political rights, the prohibition of torture, women's rights, LGBT rights, socio-economic rights, international criminal law and the responsibility to protect.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex with Paper Option
Description: Flex exam at end of semester, with paper option.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: 2L, 3L or LLM students who intend to use the paper option toward their Upper-Level Writing Requirement must submit the "special request" form to SRO by Feb. 27, 2023. The e-form and submission instructions are available in LawWeb.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
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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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM