Instructor(s): Anna Su

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6023HS.

There is no prerequisite but having taken Public International Law is highly recommended.

Note: This course satisfies the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course is an introductory survey of international human rights law. It explores the historical development of international human rights in its various forms beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The class will then consider various institutional (national, regional and international) settings and examine the strategies of legal and political implementation for the norms that have been developed. Whenever possible, the discussion of international human rights law will relate to contemporary developments in human rights internationally as well as within Canada.

The goal is to have a competent understanding of the landscape of international human rights today. Topics that will be covered include the universal or culturally particular nature of human rights; institutional remedies in response to massive human rights violations; connections between civil and political rights and social, cultural and economic rights; the application of human rights law during armed conflict; the role and activities of nongovernmental organizations, the relationship between human rights and global inequality, and the human rights implications of climate change.

24 hour take-home exam (75%), an in-class presentation (15%) and class attendance and participation (10%). In lieu of the take home exam, students can opt to write a final research paper of 4,000-5,000 words with the instructor's prior approval.

At a Glance

Second Term



29 JD

10 MGA


T: 9:00 - 10:20
Th: 9:00 - 10:20