28.9. – 18.12.2016

United Nations and Human Rights

United Nations and Human Rights
Course Dates: 28.09.2016 - 18.12.2016
Registration Dates: 25.08.2016 - 14.09.2016
Coordinating University: Åbo Akademi
Contact: Niklas Barke, niklas.barke@abo.fi; Olena Sihvo, olena.sihvo@abo.fi
Instructors: Niklas Barke, doctoral candidate, Olena Sihvo, doctoral candidate
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: Specialized

Aim: 
The participants are expected after successful completion of the course to be able to evaluate the role and mandate of various UN bodies in the international protection of human rights, to understand the difference between charter-based and treaty-based human rights mechanisms, and to review the applicability of available monitoring mechanisms in a concrete situation.

Contents: The course will address the role of human rights within the UN system through focusing on the mandates of selected UN bodies, that is, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee. Emphasis will be put on the various mechanisms attached to these bodies as well as on their concrete applicability in a situation where human rights are threatened.

Learning outcomes: 
After the course the participants are expected to:

- be familiar with the procedure before the Security Council, the ICJ, various mechanisms of Human Rights Council, the individual complaints system of the Human Rights Committee
- be able to apply and critically reflect upon the procedures and mechanisms of these bodies in a concrete case.

- have a good understanding of the different roles that the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations have in the protection of human rights

Mode of study: 
The course is built on problem-based learning methods. The participants are expected to solve case studies based on given readings and internet-based material such as UN documents, international treaties, research reports and articles.

Prerequisites: 
Basic knowledge of human rights law, international law or international relations is required of the participants. Participants are selected on the basis of applications (max. 40 participants). 

Form of assessment: 
The final grade will be calculated based on the grading of the various course modules on a scale from 0-5.

Course literature: 
Provided during the course.

Registration for this course is closed.