DI016 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Do human rights need rescuing

This course will cover the basics of contemporary international human rights law while addressing the contemporary critiques which suggest that human rights need rescuing, saving or rethought for a 'post human rights world'. Topics will include the extension of human rights law to cover the obligations of non-state actors, the prohibition on torture, the protection of the right to life, the problem of arbitrary detention in times of armed conflict, the rights of persons with disabilities, the balancing of competing rights, economic social and cultural rights, discrimination, and the issue of the death penalty.