The course is a survey course in international human rights law, which will provide an introduction to the basic principles of international human rights and the legal institutions that operate in this area.
The course has been developed by Dr Mark Ellis, a lawyer and economist who is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association, and Professor Talbot D’Alemberte, a former President of the American Bar Association; he continues to teach at Florida State University, having served as President of the institution until 2003.
Although there are some suggested readings, most of the course material will be available online. Students from around the world will correspond with each other, and course leaders, via specially created blogs and discussion boards. The course will feature regular assessments and quizzes and a number of exercises. Grading will be based on performance on the quizzes and exercises.
Classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 0900 - 1050 am EST. It is important that you are available to attend these classes remotely. Instructions on how to log on to attend the course online will be provided by the course administrators if you are selected to participate.
All students successfully completing the course will receive a certificate from the International Bar Association.
The course will commence on 27 August 2014, and it will finish on 19 November 2014. The course will cover the following topics:
- History of international human rights
- International human rights research
- International human rights law and the role of the legal professions: a general introduction
- Significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The major UN human rights instruments and the mechanisms for their implementation including Geneva Conventions
- The major regional human rights instruments and the mechanisms for their implementation
- The protection and redress for victims of human rights violations
- Independence and impartiality of judges, prosecutors and lawyers
- Human rights and arrest: pre-trial detention and administrative detention
- The right to a fair trial: Part 1—from investigation to trial
- International legal standards for the protection of persons deprived of their liberty
- The use of non-custodial measures in the administration of justice
- Protections and redress for victims of crime
- The Pinochet case and universal jurisdiction
- Accountability through ad hoc and permanent international criminal courts
- Human trafficking
- Human rights and the “War on Terror”
- Accountability for violations of human rights through civil damage actions
This course is only open to IBA Law Students’ Committee members and students of Florida State University. Places on this course are limited. If you are not yet an IBA member, you can join by referring to the Membership section of the IBA website. More information on the IBA Law Students’ Committee can be found on the Law Students Home Page.
All applicants are required to submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay on what they currently consider to be the most pressing concern in International Human Rights Law. There is no right answer to this question, and we encourage students to select a topic based on their current experience and interests. The best essays might be selected for publication in the Student Newsletter.
If you are interested in enrolling please send your essay, along with your résumé, and a completed copy of the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find the application form attached to this email.
The application deadline for this course is Monday, 28 July 2014 (midnight, BST).
Esther De Raymaeker
IBA Senior Projects Advisor