This course will give students the opportunity to work on cases and thematic research to be submitted to United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms, under the supervision of a former UN Special Rapporteur. Students will learn the workings of the UN human rights system, and gain experience working with UN documents, with individual cases in the field and with thematic reports. They will draft memoranda related to these issues and mechanisms. Essentially, they will have the opportunity to work as junior human rights lawyers under the close supervision of a former UN human rights expert. The work for the course will be comprised of ongoing research and writing and there will be no exam. Participation in the course requires working to the highest standard and serious commitment to human rights work. Enrollment will be with the permission of the instructor and will require a minimum of two courses in international law or human rights, or other equivalent experience.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.