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Center for Human Rights and International Justice


Spring 2011 Seminar


PY/ED/TH/UN/LL46101 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
Instructors: Daniel Kanstroom and M. Brinton Lykes

The seminar will be taught and organized by Professors Daniel Kanstroom and M. Brinton Lykes, 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 2014, the seminar's focus will be on the ethical, politico-legal, and psychosocial issues confronting those whose human rights are affected by torture, drones, sexual violence, forced movement, deportation and migration. The differential effects of rights violations due to power based on gender, “race”, ethnicity and economic resources will be critically examined. We will also explore refugee movement and migration and the contours of asylum and other forms of protection, especially in the context of humanitarian crisis, war, and grave forms of economic injustice.

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 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 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 6, 2013.