Rights-Based Approaches to Development

Brandeis University: HS261-b
Author: Green, Maria
Source: Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Year: 2006

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Abstract:

This syllabus is available for download below to all CasePlace.org users. Concepts addressed include: • The basic principles of international law • Conceptual structures surrounding the notion and implementation of individual rights • The differences, if any, between approaching civil and political issues through a rights-based lens and approaching economic and social issues through that same lens • The nature of duty-holders' obligations under international human rights laws • Theories and principles surrounding special protections for vulnerable groups • Theories and principles surrounding the measurement of human rights implementation • Theories and principles around the relationship of human rights to the World Bank and IMF, to international trade systems, and to transnational corporations • Theories and principles surrounding the measurement of human rights • Principles for the protection of human rights in times of armed conflict or natural disasters • Theories of individual accountability for violations of human rights Skills offered by the course include: • A working knowledge of UN and regional human rights standards, including how to find, understand, and apply them • A working knowledge of UN and regional human rights oversight mechanisms • A working knowledge of mechanisms and practices regarding individual accountability for gross violations of human rights • A working knowledge of principles and practices with regard to human rights monitoring and advocacy, including human rights measurement, rights-based policy analysis, rights-based budget analysis, and human rights impact assessment • A working knowledge of the human rights approaches current in development agencies • A working knowledge of current issues around trade and human rights • A familiarity with the “state of the field” regarding international economic, social and cultural rights



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