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American University Washington College of Law    
  Jan 21, 2018
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LAW - 725A International Protection of Human Rights Seminar

(2-3 hrs.)

Explores the interrelationships between U.S. and international law; contested or ambiguous moral values; and U.S. foreign policy ends, means, and processes as they affect efforts to defend and promote human rights. The course is designed to provide information on the substantive norms of human rights, the philosophic basis for the concept of rights and the leading points of controversy about the existence or character of certain rights that appear in conventional enumerations, the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which ideological and material interests influence the definition and enforcement of rights, and the ways in which policy makers attempt to reconcile the demand for human rights enforcement with more traditional foreign policy objectives. C. Grossman, Martin, Rodriguez-Pinzon Spring