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APSY/EDUC/THEO/UNAS/LAWS746101 Human Rights Interdisciplinary Seminar
(3 Credits in the Spring)
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Graduate Seminar in Human Rights
Prerequisites: Admission by instructor permission only.
Satisfies ABA Writing Requirement for Law Students
Instructor: Katharine Young

The seminar will be taught and organized by BC Professor of Law Katharine Young in 2015, with participation by the Directors, Fellows, and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. It will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of—and responses to—the compelling human rights challenges of our times.

In the spring of 2015, the seminar's focus will be on the philosophical and historical origins of the general Western idea of human rights and how that idea differs from non-Western conceptions; international law that creates and protects human rights; the international and domestic institutions that monitor and enforce human rights law; and the relationship between human rights law and humanitarian law of war. The seminar will follow a colloquium structure, with a series of invited visitors presenting a human rights paper every three weeks; in other weeks, the seminar will follow a class-discussion format. Students will write a research paper (20 pages) and devise and lead a class presentation. Students must attend at least two CHRIJ sponsored events.

The Center invites applications from students enrolled in a graduate professional degree in any of Boston College's divisions. Undergraduate seniors will be considered, space permitting.

The seminar will meet every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. on the Newton campus and will include sessions with guest lecturers and CHRIJ associate directors and affiliated faculty. Students will be expected to attend all the seminar sessions and are encouraged to attend guest speaker presentations.

Application: Students wishing to apply for the seminar should submit a brief statement explaining their interest (no longer than 250 words) to CHRIJ ( Please include your Eagle ID and academic discipline in the application.  The application deadline is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.