The Evolution of Human Rights: From Cyrus to the Global War on Terror
This course is an introduction to the systematic and analytical study of human rights. Students will learn the historical origins of human rights and how they are formed in law; understand what their universal human rights are address problems related to its implementation. Students will gain a strong grasp of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its thirty articles which underpin international human rights law and provide a common global standard for human rights. Each session on each article will be accompanied with a case study exemplifying the article. Today, most societal problems are expressed as a human rights issue, while war crimes and accountability for them remain a road riddled with difficulties. Finally, in the context of a rapidly changing global landscape pertaining to technological advances, social media, and transnational crime, the need for updating old mechanisms in human rights laws, as well as the creation of new ones is an imperative.