Human Rights Study Project (YR)

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/14
Credits: 1

Course Description

Part of the class will be focused on identifying research topics in advance of a fieldwork trip to a site country to be determined. To that end, we will explore current human rights events and link them to existing themes in the theoretical literature. The second goal of the class is to practically prepare for human rights fieldwork. To that end, we will cover interviewing techniques, fact-finding, and the practicalities of human rights research. The class will likely feature one or more guest speakers.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): 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 Intent form.

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

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: 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 Notes: Enrollment in this year-long course is determined by application to the instructor. Prof. Sanchez will accept applications until Aug. 3rd and notify SRO of the names of those students accepted for enrollment, and SRO will coordinate with students if necessary to make room in their schedules to permit enrollment in the course. Applicants must send a letter of interest and a resume to Prof. Sanchez ( and also explain their interest. The trip to the site country, once determined, will be proposed to the University for approval. 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.

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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