Fall 2023 Human Rights GU4500 section 001


Call Number 10496
Day & Time
T 12:10pm-2:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Jacqueline Dugard
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The course addresses selected issues in the protection of socio-economic rights in an international and comparative perspective. Socio-economic rights have emerged from the margins into the mainstream of human rights. The course will take this status as its starting point and examine the human rights to housing, food, water, health and sanitation in depth. We will explore conceptual issues through the lens of specific rights which will help us ground these principles and ideas in concrete cases. We will discuss developments on socioeconomic rights and examine their relevance in the United States as well as selected other countries, particularly those with progressive legislation, policies and jurisprudence. What is the meaning and scope of the rights to housing, food, water, health and sanitation? What is the impact of discrimination and inequalities on the enjoyment of socio-economic rights? How can governments be held accountable for the realization of human rights? What machinery is there at the international level to ensure that the rights are protected, respected and fulfilled? How can this machinery be enhanced? How can judicial, quasijudicial, administrative and political mechanisms be used at the domestic level? What is the role of different actors in the context of human rights, the role of States and individuals, but also (powerful) non-State actors and civil society? How have activists and policymakers responded to challenges? And what lies ahead for the human rights movement in addressing economic and social rights in a multilateral, globalized world?

Web Site Vergil
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 17 students (22 max) as of 5:05PM Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number GU4500
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Section key 20233HRTS4500W001