Introduction: what are
Starting from home: international human rights in Canada.
The history of international human rights.
The philosophy of human rights: do rights
Critiques of international human rights.
The sources of international human rights law: differences with public international law.
The subjects of international human rights: do non-state actors have human rights obligations?
The territorial scope of human rights obligations: do states owe human rights obligations beyond their borders?
International human rights law and domestic law: problems of applicability and incorporation.
Are human rights universal? The theory and the practice.
The intensity of human rights obligations: what do states commit to?
The protection of integrity: torture, detention, disappearances.
Political rights: exploring the links between human rights and democracy.
The case for and against economic and social rights.
Dealing with diversity: equality, discrimination, plurality and group rights.
Theories and modes of implementation: the formal and the informal.
The UN system: political v. expert bodies.
Regional systems compared: Inter-American, European and African.
Litigating international human rights 1: the law of state responsibility and the problem of sovereign immunities.
Litigating international human rights 2: from exhaustion of local remedies to reparations.
Terrorism and human rights: of
Strategizing international human rights?: the case of the death penalty.
Religion, tolerance and human rights: the case of the veil and the case of the caricatures.
Rights of persons with disabilities
rights of sexual minorities
Rights of indigenous persons or the rights of children or a combination
The problem of massive human rights violations?