Activating Human Rights: Practical Guide to Research Methods, Reporting and Advocacy

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Activating Human Rights

Spring 2021

Taught By: Everita Silina

Section: A

CRN: 9292

Credits: 3

Human rights are enshrined in international law, multiple regional treaties and national constitutions. Despite the ubiquity of human rights principles in modern legal systems and political discourses, their practical implementation remains patchy. The highly technical language associated with the legal process is often a barrier for public participation in monitoring and advocating for their own rights. The increase in conspiracy theories, disinformation and attacks on groups working on human rights issues, make the fulfilment of human rights even more difficult. To help students address these challenges the course will offer skills training through a workshop-oriented structure. Students will learn how to conduct human rights focused research, assess information for accuracy and translate legal and technical information into a more accessible language. Students will also learn how to present information and pressure for change. The course is a collaborative project between The New School and the Union University School of Law in Belgrade, Serbia. The New School and the Union Law School students will work in pairs on a specific area of law or policy where human rights issues have been compromised and are difficult to access for local communities in Serbia. For example, the rights to consultation for the inhabitants living next to a hydropower station, social assistance during pandemic, and addressing and countering online attacks against civil rights advocates and activists, to mention a few cases. For practical reasons the cases will focus on the human rights situation in Serbia. Students will be encouraged to use comparative cases from the US and elsewhere around the world to deepen their understanding of challenges and problem-solving opportunities in different contexts. The skills training and collaboration will help students build critical and analytical skills and become more active in helping communities access information and engage with their own human rights.

This course is part of the Governance & Rights concentration and Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:35am 4/14/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021