International & Comparative Law - International Human Rights

The study of International Human Rights includes: the universal or culturally particular nature of human rights; connections between civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights; major international and regional human rights instruments and institutions; the interpenetration of international and national human rights protection; institutional remedies in response to massive human rights violations; the roles and activities of nongovernmental organizations, multinationals and international financial institutions; and issues in the field such as the right to health to human rights and national security. Students need grounding in the various mechanisms for the promotion, protection and implementation of international human rights, including those of international organizations (such as the United Nations), regional institutions (such as the European Union), and nongovernmental organizations (such as Human Rights Watch).

K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This is a survey course intended to review both the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The material will provide a brief review of the historic development of race as a...

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D. Carbado L. Gómez C. Harris

Throughout American history, race has profoundly affected the lives of individuals, the growth of social institutions, the substance of culture, and the workings of our political economy. Not...

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K. Abou El Fadl A. Bâli K. Raustiala

This course examines the legal rules and institutions that govern and influence world politics, as well as analyzing the politics of international law. International law today is more complex and...

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K. Abou El Fadl E. Achiume A. Bâli K. Mackintosh

Many of the most significant and troubling trends in international law and international relations today center on fundamental questions of human rights. The rise of international human rights...

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M. Langer

In this course, we will study topics such as international and transnational crimes (such as crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, corruption, narcotics and money laundering, and torture);...

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I. Eagly H. Motomura

The course focuses on the answers to four principal questions: who is a citizen of the United States?; who else can come to this country as an immigrant or a visitor?; when and why can non-citizens...

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H. Motomura

This course examines the rights (and responsibilities) of non-citizens. Put differently, this course analyzes when and how questions of membership in U.S. society are complicated by immigration and...

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N. Abrams

This course addresses the legal aspects of the U.S. government's efforts to prevent terrorism and investigate and prosecute terrorists. It examines the crimes and special approaches (including...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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S. Thaxton

This course provides a general introduction to death penalty law and practice in the United States. We will explore the constitutional and legal structure of capital punishment (i.e., common law...

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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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R. Dicker

The course will provide students, from the perspective of one who has been deeply involved in the legal developments under study, a unique view of key aspects of the evolving law and practice of...

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R. Wilde

This course considers whether and to what extent international human rights law applies to the actions of states outside their sovereign territories. And what it requires of states insofar as it does...

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K. Crenshaw

This seminar will examine the development, articulation and application of “Intersectionality” as both a theoretical frame and a discursive practice in law, human rights and social justice advocacy....

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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A. Bâli J. Peake

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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K. Eichensehr

This course examines the law governing the conduct of U.S. foreign relations. The Constitution sets out the basic framework for foreign relations law, but it leaves much unsaid and at least as much...

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L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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D. Carbado K. Crenshaw L. Gómez

Students will participate along with faculty in the law school's weekly Critical Race Studies Workshop. Every week we will discuss a work-in-progress. These works will be presented scholars across...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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S. Dolovich

The 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is the constitutional provision that limits what the state can do to convicted criminal offenders as punishment. Substantive challenges to...

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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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S. Patel J. Schwartz

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation...

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E. Achiume J. Berra T. Schneider

The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) requires students to navigate international human rights legal theory and practice in the service of real clients and partners. It has two components:...

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K. Jackson J. London

The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. Students will spend approximately four hours each week in the classroom and an additional...

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J. Berra H. Motomura

Immigrants’ Rights addresses the consequences of immigration or citizenship status. For example, are undocumented immigrants eligible for state-run health care and other public benefits? Are...

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J. Berra

The Human Rights in Action Clinic (HRAC) will provide students with a critical understanding of human rights as a dynamic and contested field of law and social action, focusing on collaborative...

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J. Berra

The Promise Institute for Human Rights is offering for the 2019 J-Term the International Human Rights Field Experience. The International Human Rights Field Experience offers students a unique...

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P. Reich

This course will introduce students to the study and practice of law in the U.S.-Mexico border region across a variety of topics. As the border has generated a wide array of controversies, the...

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R. Dicker

The course will provide students, from the perspective of one who has been deeply involved in the legal developments under study, a unique view of key aspects of the evolving law and practice of...

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R. Weisberg

This course examines the development of racial laws during WWII in France, Germany, and the British Channel Islands. We will use original documents and actual statutes and cases to understand how...

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J. Weiler

In this course students will analyze eight different Human Rights Cases from a variety of jurisdictions: The European Court of Human Rights, The European Court of Justice, the InterAmerican Court of...

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H. Elver

This course will give a general overview on the international right to food, and will provide examples of the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights in international courts, as well...

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