The 2017 Summer Human Rights Institute (SHRI) will first provide a comprehensive Overview of International Human Rights Law, and then move into in-depth examination of the following critical topics:
- Business and Human Rights
- Civil and Political Rights
- Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Vulnerable Groups
In addition to the core Institute Faculty, the program will feature guest lecturers working actively in the field of international human rights, to engage participants in up-close examination of real-world legal aspects and tools of human rights law and practice. Please scroll down for detailed course descriptions of the five modules to be covered.
Overview of International Human Rights
This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of human rights law. Participants will examine the evolution of international human rights law and the role that international institutions play. Next, participants will study the key international instruments that protect human rights, as well as the main mechanisms for the implementation of international human rights law within the UN system. Topics to be covered include the debate over the universality, interdependence and invisibility of rights; and the practical political realities of promoting human rights.
Business and Human Rights
Looking at the increasing expectation of socially responsible business and sustainable enterprise, this module will critically review recent developments in the field of business and human rights law, including in the area of responsible investment. Participants will also analyze the current instruments that set the standards for corporate behavior, including the recently endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Civil and Political Rights
Providing participants with an in-depth understanding of civil and political rights (CPR), this module will critically evaluate CPR instruments, enforcement mechanisms and the role of the Human Rights Committee. Analyzing a number of specific civil and political rights in context, participants also examine the important role that human rights now play in international development.
Economic Social and Cultural Rights
Beginning with a detailed examination of economic, social and cultural rights, this module will go over the international instruments and mechanisms used to protect them. Looking at socio-economic rights in context and using case studies, participants will also consider the expectation of progressive realization, methods of enforcement, and developing understanding of extraterritorial obligations towards economic, social and cultural rights.
Groups Most Vulnerable to Human Rights Abuses
This module will introduce the human rights issues facing groups particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses, such as women and children, the LGBT community and persons with disabilities. Readings will examine the various international human rights treaties addressing these concerns and describe the international legal framework’s increasingly cross-referential approach to monitoring such abuses. In addition, participants will explore the intersecting human rights abuses unique to individuals with multiple identities within these groups.