Implementing Human Rights: Myanmar

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Marsha Garrison

This seminar will consider key human rights standards, their implementation, and their enforcement in the context of a specific, challenging context, Myanmar. Introductory classes will focus on core documents in international human rights law, techniques for protecting and enforcing human rights, and key theories relevant to state-building and strengthening the rule of law. Later classes will consider the specific problems of adapting and enforcing human rights norms in Myanmar. Legal materials (the Myanmar Constitution and other domestic law related to human rights and their enforcement) will be supplemented with multidisciplinary materials and perspectives. Specific discussion topics will include ethnic diversity and discrimination, freedom of expression, economic and cultural rights, and building legal and institutional capacity to implement human-rights norms. Other topics will be determined, in part, by student interests. Across topics, the emphasis will be on bridging the gap between standards and practice. There are no course prerequisites. Practical skills that the seminar will aim to develop include formulating policy, using international treaties and interdisciplinary materials, and developing strategic legal responses to challenging human rights problems. Grading will be based on class participation plus either a paper that satisfies the UCWR requirements or a class presentation and briefing paper.