Discussion - 2 hours. This seminar will provide an overview of the international legal and institutional system for the protection of human rights. We will look at the material both from an academic perspective and from the point of view of the human rights practitioner, tackling difficult theoretical issues in the field as well as assessing the practical strengths and weaknesses of human rights law. The course requirements include a seminar paper (which can fulfill the writing requirement), a final presentation, ongoing participation and serving as a discussant during the course of the term. Topics covered include civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; the universality of human rights; women’s human rights; and the United Nations system for the protection of human rights.