Course - Law

Public International Law, International Human Rights, or International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples.  The prerequisite may be fulfilled by taking one of these courses simultaneously.  

Recommended Courses:  

IPLP represents Indigenous communities and other groups before a variety of international human rights bodies, including the Organization of American States and United Nations.  Students will have the opportunity to work on these cases.


Required text:   Hurst Hannum, Guide to International Human Rights Practice, 4th Ed., 2004,  Transnational Publishers, Inc.

Course Format

The classroom component will include an overview of the processes and procedures of the international human rights bodies and effective advocacy tools for human rights practitioners. After an introductory meeting at the beginning of the semester, each student will be assigned to a project. Students will work on their projects individually or in groups under the supervision of the instructor. The projects, along with assigned readings, will be the basis of discussion when the class meets during the semester. The instructor will hold additional meetings with individuals or groups of students regarding their respective assignments.

Written Assignments

Students will complete their assignments in the form of research memoranda, briefs, or other documents to be submitted to international human rights bodies. 

Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Grades will be assigned on the basis of performance on written assignments.

Additional Comments

Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of work, including attendance at class and meetings with instructor.

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