RCSSCI 461 - Senior Seminar
Section: 002 The History of Inter-American Human Rights Law
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this bi-national seminar, we will investigate our hemisphere’s collective attempts to define and enforce standards of universal rights. How did Latin American diplomats understand human rights as a way to counter U.S. dominance? How did activists around the Americas use inter-American human rights institutions to pressure their own governments? Why has the relevance of international human rights to social justice movements declined in the United States since the 1970s, in stark contrast to Latin America?

This course will use a case study method, looking at individual trials before the IACHR to analyze the diplomatic and social movement history that made them possible. Topics include human trafficking/contemporary slavery; violence against women; reproductive rights; indigenous rights and racial discrimination; LGBT rights; and migrants’ rights.

Course Requirements:

Juniors and seniors will receive priority in enrollment. Assignments include weekly reading responses on Canvas; a short paper and group presentation on an IACHR case; and a final paper (6-8 pages).

Class Format:

Collaboratively taught by UM Prof. Sueann Caulfield and Prof. Carlos Haddad, Brazilian federal judge. Via video-conferencing, UM students will engage in discussions and participate in group projects with students in Prof. Haddad’s law school seminar.

RCSSCI 461 - Senior Seminar
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002 (SEM)
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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