Content:

1.      Semester Dates and Teaching Schedule
2.      Guidelines
a)      Student guidelines
b)      Dissertation guidelines
c)      Internship guidelines
d)      By-Laws
e)      Teaching staff
3.      Resources
a)      Main Library
b)      CSHR Library
4.      http://lms.cmb.ac.lk/cshr/theme/image.php/clean/core/1452241818/spacerPlagiarism Policy
5.      Assignments
6.      Final Examination
7.      Dissertations
8.      How to contact us

Content:

Code

Introductory lectures

A1

What are human rights? Philosophical and normative foundations of human rights

A2

Philosophical critiques of human rights

A3

Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Institutionalisation

A4

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL) - Part I

 

A5

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL)-Part II

 

A6

The formation and structure of the United Nations (Part I)

A7

UN Human Rights Framework and key institutions (Part I)

A8

UN Treaty-based Mechanisms (part 1)

A9

UN Charter-based Mechanisms (part 2)

A10

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A11

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A12

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 1

 

A13

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 2

 

A14

UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) - 1

A15

Introduction to Human Rights Mechanisms

A16

Human rights obligations of Non-state actors


Content:- 


Code

Lecture Topic

D1

Introduction: What is research? [The relevance of research in human rights protection and promotion and the usefulness of a critical approach to research]

D2

Research Ethics (including plagiarism and adequate sourcing of material)

D3

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues- 1

D4

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues-2

D5

Qualitative Methods- 1

D6

Qualitative Methods- 2

D7

Qualitative Methods- 3

D8

Quantitative Methods – 1
Qualitative and Quantitative data
Quantitative methods of data collection

D9

Quantitative Methods – 2
Random and non-random sampling

D10

Quantitative Methods – 3
Data processing

D11

Quantitative Methods – 4
Data analysis and presentation

D12

Developing a Research Theme (topic) and Literature Review

D13

Fieldwork and Participatory Research

D14

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices

D15

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part II)

D16

Argumentation based on research

D17

Developing/ presenting a research proposal



Content:- 

Code

Lecture Topic

 

Introductory lectures: Concepts

B1

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation

B2

Interdependence between Democracy and Human Rights

B3

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty

B4

Democracy, and the Rule of Law

 

Democratic Systems and Structures

B5

Systems of Constitutional Governance (introduction)

B6

Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and the Independence of the Judiciary

B7

Independence of Public Service

B8

Dilemmas of Democracy and the role of (Sri Lankan) Civil Society

B9

Democratic Accountability (political, legal, and Judicial)

B10

The Electoral System

 

Contextualisation of Democracy (competency with critical arguments concerning democracy)

B11

Developments in a discourse on liberal democracy in the Asia-Pacific region

B12

Seminar

B13

Group Rights/Minority Rights and Democracy

B14

Human Rights and Democracy during (national/global) crises (man-made or natural causes)

B15

Transitional Democracy (global context)



Content:

Code

Lecture Topic

 

Introductory lectures

C1

Introduction to transitional justice:  dilemmas of dealing with the past

C2

Introduction to transitional justice components and standards

C3

Human rights law and the development of transitional justice principles

C4

Transitional justice and international criminal justice

 

Transitional Justice and the Constitution

C5

Introduction: relationship between constitutions and transitional justice

C6

Constitutional making/reforms: overcoming barriers to Transitional Justice policies and mechanisms

C7

Constitutional making/ reform: a tool for non-recurrence

C8

 Sequencing TJ and constitutional reforms.

 

Interventions – advocacy, policy-options, impact evaluations

C9

Practical and policy considerations: Negotiating a TJ policy

C10

Assessing the impact of transitional justice policies

C11

Truth and Reconciliation mandate

C12

Case study: Nepal, Sri Lanka

C13

Arts for reconciliation / transitional justice


Content:

  1. Semester Key Dates
  2. Lecture Schedule – January 2016
  3. Student Guidelines
  4. Dissertation Guidelines
  5. Internship Guidelines
  6. By-Laws
  7. Assignments
  8. Teaching Staff
  9. Past Assignments
  10. Past Exam Papers
  11. Student Profiles