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OADH 3080 - Documenting, Reporting and Campaining on Human Rights

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This seminar aims to provide students with a consistent practical knowledge and insight of the key techniques used to document, report and campaign on Human Rights. The course will examine the link between research, campaigning and advocacy in some key areas of human rights (both civil and political rights and ESC rights). While mentioning the key challenges linked with research and campaigning work, the course will focus on the practical challenges of Human Rights Advocacy in some key human rights areas (such as torture, death penalty, sexual violence, armed conflicts, terror and human rights as well as international justice). For each of these topics, specific techniques will be tested and exercises will be provided based on recent research reports and campaigning and advocacy actions carried out by international and national NGOS in order to show concretely if and whether sound research, clear reporting and concrete advocacy actions can make a difference on the ground. Students will be encouraged to build practical skills and teamwork through group exercises and other formats (research papers and class presentations). Students will be introduced to different levels and types of approaches - legal documents, NGO reports, and academic writings - to get a grasp of the specific and crosscutting aspects of research, campaigning and advocacy in human rights. Objective of the course: • To enhance knowledge and understanding of the evolution of research and campaigning on HR, including the key challenges of this work and how to address them. • To develop practical knowledge of some key techniques on how to document, report and campaign on human rights. • To enhance ability to think critically and analytically about the development and implementation of research and campaigning projects. • To develop the practical skills necessary to research and campaign on human rights.

Teachers

  • MOOTOO, Gaëtan (Researcher, Amnesty International)
  • SAGUES, Salvatore (Spécialiste de programme, Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF))

Pedagogical format

Seminar: combination of lectures and interactive exercises

Course validation

Class presentation (20%) (10-15 minutes). Students (in groups of three) will be required to prepare a presentation related to a session's topic. The presentation has to be submitted by mail to the Professors at least three days before the session (ie. on Fridays). Written exercises (40%) – Each student will have to prepare throughout the course four exercises, including research, which will be corrected collectively. Written Essay (40%) (10-15 pages). Each student will be required to write a research paper on a theme related to the course.

Required reading

  • Jo Becker, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice, December 19, 2012 | Series: Stanford Studies in Human Rights, available at: http://www.amazon.com/Campaigning-Justice-Advocacy-Practice-Stanford/dp/080477451X
  • Dezalay Yves and Garth Bryant, From the Cold War to Kosovo: The Rise and Renewal of the Field of International Human Rights, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 2: 231-255, December 2006

Additional required reading

  • Stacy Helen M., Human Rights for the 21st Century: Sovereignty, Civil Society, Culture, Stanford Studies in Human Rights, 2009 (Chapter 1: The Human Rights problem)
  • Steiner, Alston and Goodman, eds., International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Aryeh Neier, The International Human Rights Movement: A History, Princeton University Press, 2012
  • Jo Becker, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice, December 19, 2012 | Series: Stanford Studies in Human Rights

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