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International Human Rights (LAWS 5116)

Course Info

This course will cover a variety of issues in the area of international human rights. Issues covered will include the law of treaties and treaty interpretation; international organizations' and non-governmental organizations' roles in protecting human rights; the rights of women and minorities; critiques of the idea of "universal" human rights; and the Alien Tort Claims Act. In addition to covering the procedure and substance of the international system for protection of human rights, we will also discuss human rights under various domestic legal systems from a comparative perspective.


Associate Dean Avidan Cover

Prof. Avidan Cover is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy for the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He teaches International Law; International Human Rights Law; and a Race, Law and Society seminar.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


Study Aids

These study aids are available online.  Please click the hyperlinked title to view them. For instructions on how to use the specific platforms, including troubleshooting, please view Kieran Layton's Study Aids Research Guide.


Computer-Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) requires an authorization code to use. If you do not have a CALI account, please contact Kieran Layton or the reference desk for assistance.

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Introduction to Human Rights Research lesson


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Quimbee Human Rights materials

Audio Guides

Research Guide

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