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International human rights by Mind Map: International human rights
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International human rights

I. Introduction

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.

II. Structural issues

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.

III. The Substantive Dimension:

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.

IV. The Implementation/Enforcement Dimension:

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.

V. Cross-cutting issues:

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?

VI. Conclusion