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Introductory lectures

A1

What are human rights? Philosophical and normative foundations of human rights

A2

Philosophical critiques of human rights

A3

Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Institutionalisation

A4

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL) - Part I

A5

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL) - Part II

A6

The formation and structure of the United Nations (Part I)

A7

UN Human Rights Framework and key institutions (Part I)

A8

UN Treaty-based Mechanisms

A9

UN Charter-based Mechanisms

A10

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A11

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A12

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 1

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 2

A13

UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) - 1

A14

Introduction to Human Rights Mechanisms

A15

Human rights obligations of Non-state actors


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Lecture Topics

 

D1

Introduction: What is research? [The relevance of research in human rights protection and promotion and the usefulness of a critical approach to research]

D2

Research Ethics

D3

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues - 1

D4

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues - 2

D5

Qualitative Methods -1

D6

Qualitative Methods - 2

D7

Qualitative Methods - 3

D8

Quantitative Methods – 1, Qualitative and Quantitative data, Quantitative methods of data collection

D9

Quantitative Methods – 2, Random and non-random sampling

D10

Quantitative Methods – 3, Data processing

D11

Quantitative Methods – 4, Data analysis and presentation

D12

Fieldwork and Participatory Research

D13 &

D14

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part I)

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part I)

D15 &

D16

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part II)

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part II)

 D17

Argumentation based on research

D18

Developing a research proposal

D19

Presenting Research


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Lecture

 

Introductory lectures: Concepts

B1

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation (1)

B1 (2)

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation (1I)Additional

B2

Interdependence between Democracy and Human Rights

B3

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty (1)

B3 (2)

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty (1I)Additional

B4

Democracy, and the Rule of Law

Democratic Systems and Structures

B5

Systems of Constitutional Governance (introduction)

B6

Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and the Independence of the Judiciary

B7

Independence of Public Service

 B8

Dilemmas of Democracy and the role of (Sri Lankan) Civil Society

B9

Democratic Accountability (political, legal, and Judicial)

B10

The Electoral System

B11

Developments in a discourse on liberal democracy in the Asia-Pacific region

B12

Group Rights/Minority Rights and Democracy

 B13

Human Rights and Democracy during (national/global) crises (man-made or natural causes)

B14

Transitional Democracy (global context)


Content:

  1. Semester Key Dates
  2. Lecture Schedule – January 2016
  3. Student Guidelines
  4. Dissertation Guidelines
  5. Internship Guidelines
  6. By-Laws
  7. Assignments
  8. Teaching Staff
  9. Past Assignments
  10. Past Exam Papers
  11. Student Profiles

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Lecture Topic

Implementation / Interpretation of Human Rights

F1

Implementing State obligations: introduction to theoretical basis and practical implementation of international law in domestic systems

Implementation of Civil and Political Rights

F2

Freedom of expression and media freedom

F3

Freedom of conscience, religion and belief: legal perspectives

F4

Freedom of conscience, religion and belief: sociological and political perspectives

Implementation of Economic, Cultural and Social Rights

F5

Economic, social and cultural rights: justiciability and indivisibility issues

F6

The right to health

F7

The right to education

F8

The right to housing

Interpretation of Key Conventions

F9

The CEDAW convention and gender based violence

  F10

European convention on human rights/EU law on human rights

  F11

The American system, OAS, The African system ACHR on human rights

  F12

Overview of key ILO Conventions (part 1)

  F13

Overview of key ILO Conventions (part 11)

   F14

CRC and juvenile justice

Other

  F15

International humanitarian law and its impact on human rights

  F16

International criminal law: ICC and Ad Hoc tribunals

  F17

Universal periodic review (special procedures)



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Lecture Topic

The normative (cultural, religious) contexts in the Asia Pacific region

G1

Critical approaches to human rights discourse (including a discourse on Asian values)

G2

Cultural relativism and human rights; contemporary discourse

G3

Human rights and the impact of religion-inspired nationalism

Relationship between deficits in democracy, processes of democratisation and human rights

G4

Democracy in South Asia: Critical and Emerging Issues

G5

Democracy, Liberal Constitutionalism and Asian Values: Lessons from East Asia

   G6 (I)

Human Rights Discourses in the Context of Postcolonialism and the Challenge of Nation Building

    G6 (II)

Discourse on Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka: Prospects & Challenges'

Human rights and development discourses (in the region)

G7

Globalization, its impact on rights consciousness and democracy

G8

Human rights, international financial institutions (IFIs) and the WTO

G9

Multinational Corporations and Human Rights

Human rights and the development discourse

G10

Sustainable development: economic, environmental and social dimensions

G11

The the rights-based approach to development and the right to development

G12

New development paradigm: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

G13

Implementation of socio-economic rights - a positive obligation

Key issues of concern in the Asia Pacific region

G14

Emerging labour issues: child labour

G15

International standards on migration and migrant workers: regional perspectives

G16

Human trafficking: international standards and regional perspectives

G17

National security/human security – both domestic and international

G18

Critical and emerging issues in feminist Discourse

G19

Disability and human rights – comparative policy perspectives

G20

LGBTQ rights: comparative approaches

G21

Religious Extremism in South Asia

G22

Nexus Between Environment and Human Rights