CRS: Human Rights Advocacy

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Undergraduate Course

CRS: Human Rights Advocacy

Fall 2021

Taught By: Zamira Djabarova and Everita Silina

Section: A

CRN: 11287

Credits: 4

Human Rights Advocacy and Research 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 around the globe, make the fulfilment of human rights even more challenging. 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. Students will work on a specific area of law or policy where human rights issues have been compromised and are difficult to access for local communities. 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. The cases will focus on the human rights situation in the Balkans and the US. Students will be encouraged to use comparative cases from 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.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 11:06am 12/1/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Fanton Hall 72 5th

Room: 713

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021