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International Human Rights Law

Université catholique de Louvain
60 hours
12 weeks

Learn how an individual’s human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws.

International Human Rights Law is an advanced online course offered in English by the renowned Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium’s largest French-speaking university. The course, which is facilitated by Professor Olivier De Schutter, has a total duration of 12 weeks, whereas 1 week requires a time comittment of 5 hours. Students can audit the course for free or opt-in for a paid verified certificate by Université catholique de Louvain.

Human rights are developed through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals, the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection.

The course will rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

– Analyze and comment on key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law.
– Rely on the mechanisms for the protection of human rights, at domestic and regional or international levels, in order to contribute to their effective enforcement.
– Use conceptual tools to follow the developments of human rights law.
– Be an active participant in the global human rights movement, which brings together trade unions, NGOs, national human rights institutions, and activist lawyers from different world regions.