Human Rights Study Project (YR)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/8
Credits: 1

Course Description

The Human Rights Study Project (HRSP) is a year-long course that prepares students to conduct human rights research and produce original scholarship based on their findings. The HRSP has three main components. In fall, 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. During winter break (J-Term), students perform fieldwork in a selected country. Finally, students write individual papers and present their findings in the spring term. The Republic of India will serve as the focus country for the 2019-2020 Human Rights Study Project. The role that the world’s largest democracy can play on the global stage is a topic that elicits much expectation. By 2025, India will have overtaken China to become the world’s most populous country. Due to its recent rapid economic development, India is also expected to be a key player for global economic growth. However, a question that remains unresolved is whether India will use that power to become an international human rights leader. By focusing on India, the project seeks to shed light on questions such as: Why should and how can emerging powers be human rights leaders? Can emerging powers from the global south offer lessons on human rights that other states can learn from? Can emerging powers provide alternative perspectives on human rights beyond the paradigm that currently dominates global discourse? Topics that will be used to survey India’s actual and potential role in the domestic and international protection of human rights are responses to gender-based discrimination; approaches to religion and other ethnic tensions; poverty and economic inequality; and the populist challenge to human rights. Interested students must send a resume and a 2-page essay explaining their reasons for wanting to take the course. Applications should be emailed to Prof. Sanchez ( no later than July 12th. Admitted students will be notified of acceptance (and SRO will enroll selected students).

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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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: 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 Notes: Enrollment in this year-long course is determined by application to the instructor. 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. 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

*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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