International Human Rights (JAG)(SC)

Section 2, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/5
Credits: 1

Course Description

This elective covers international human rights law, policy, and processes with an emphasis on how human rights can affect military operations. Students will explore the development of human rights law after World War II, to include resulting treaties both of international and regional application. Students will also gain familiarity with the functions of various oversight and enforcement bodies, within and outside the United Nations. Students will examine the United States' position on international human rights law, specifically as it relates to the emerging attempt by many in the international community to apply a human rights/law enforcement style system onto the law of armed conflict. Students will also study the human rights constraints under which our allies and host nations operate such as the restrictions imposed by the European Court of Human Rights on British detention operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Finally, students will study human rights under federal law, such as Leahy Vetting restrictions on funding and training foreign military forces.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A few short (1-page) response memo-type written assignments.

Other Work
One 5-10 minute oral presentation and class participation.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: The instructors for this course are MAJ Scheel and Maj. Covey. This course meets at the JAG School during their 3rd Quarter, January 21- March 13, 2020. ATTENDANCE: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be processed in accordance with the Academic Policies. Students seeking to enroll in this course must complete and timely submit a request form to the Student Records Office. NOTE: due to weather, holidays, military scheduling, etc., classes at the JAG School may require rescheduling. The JAG School attempts to reschedule make-ups at the same day/time slot, but there may be times when a meeting session date/time will not occur in the same day/time slot. All absences must be approved by the instructor. ENROLLMENT: SRO will collect enrollment requests on a first-come basis starting at an announced time in the fall term.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
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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