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:

A1

What is human rights? Philosophical Foundations

A2

What is human rights? Concepts

A3

International institutions dealing with Human Rights

A4

Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Institutionalisation

A5

Philosophical critiques of human rights (Part I and II)

A6

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

A7

UN Human Rights Framework and key institutions (Part I and II)

A8

UN Treaty-based System (Part I and II)

A9

Progressive Realisation (Part I and II)

A10

Human rights obligations of Non-state actors

A11

The Right to Education (Part I and II)

A12

Key civil and political rights issues: the freedom from torture

A13

Key civil and political rights issues: Equality

A14

Key civil and political rights issues: Non-discrimination


Content:

B1

Understanding what research is, the role of research in human rights work and the importance of a critical approach to research

B2

Methodological debates, options and issues

B3

Quantitative and qualitative methods

B4

Surveys, constructing questionnaires and sampling, Quantitative/statistical analysis

B5

Fieldwork and participatory research

B6

Research ethics

B7

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

B8

Literature reviews, using secondary literature and accessing data sources

B9

Writing a research proposal

B10

The importance of making good arguments


Content:

C1

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation

C2

Interdependence between Democracy and Human Rights

C3

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty

C4

Sri Lankan Civil Society

C5

Democracy, Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law

C6

Systems of Constitutional Governance

C7

Rule of Law and Independence of the Judiciary

C8

Group Rights/Minority Rights and Democracy

C9

Western and Non-Western Notions of Human Rights and Democracy

C10

Human Rights and Democracy during Crisis (Man made or natural causes)

C11

Transitional Democracy

C12

Independence of Public Service

C13

Electoral System

C14

Democratic Accountability


Content:

D1

Introduction to transitional justice:  dilemmas of dealing with the past

D2

Introduction to transitional justice components and standards

D3

Human rights law and the development of transitional justice principles

D4

Transitional justice and international criminal justice

D5

[Practical component]  Scenario 1: Negotiating a TJ policy: practical tips

D6

[Practical component]  Scenario 2: Negotiating the mandate of a TJ mechanism: practical tips

D7

Case study: Latin America

D8

Case study:  South Africa

D9

Case study:  Sierra Leone

D10

[Practical component]  Negotiating a TRC mandate: mock exercises


F1

Introduction to International Law: Nature of Human Rights Law and State Obligations

F2

Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom

F3

Freedom of Conscience, Religion and Belief: Legal Perspectives

F4

Freedom of Conscience, Religion and Belief: Sociological and Political Perspectives

F5

Economic, Social and Cultural rights: Justiciability and Indivisibility issues)

F6

The Right to Health

F7

CRC and the Rights of the Child

F8

The Right to Housing

F9

The CEDAW Convention and Gender Based Violence

F10

ASEAN System

F11

The African System

F12

European Convention on Human Rights/EU Law on Human Rights

F13

American System, OAS, ACHR on Human Rights

F14

Overview of the Key ILO Conventions

F15

UN System: Charter-based Mechanisms

F16

UN System: The UN Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review

F17

International Humanitarian Law and its impact on Human rights

F18

International Criminal Law: ICC and Ad Hoc Tribunals


G1

Human Rights discourse: Asian values and Human Rights

G2

Cultural Relativism and Human Rights; Contemporary Discourse

G3

Liberal Constitutionalism and Asian Values

G4

Seminar on Human rights: Religious Perspectives

G5

Emerging Democracies: Lessons from Hong Kong

G6 & G8

Emerging Democracies: Lessons from South Asia (including Sri Lanka)

G7

Democracy in Sri Lanka: History of Political Conflict

G9

Sustainable Development: Economic, Environmental and Social Dimensions

G10

The Rights-based approach to Development and the Right to Development

G11

Environmental Protection in Sri Lanka: Judicial Decisions

G12

International standards on Migration and Migrant workers: Regional Perspectives

G13

Rights of IDPs, Applicable International Standards and Regional Protection

G14

Human Trafficking: International Standards and Regional Perspectives

G15

Globalisation and its impact on Rights Consciousness

G16

Economic Globalisation and its impact on Democracy

G17

Human rights and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), WTO

G18

Multinational Corporations and Human Rights: Questions about their Relationships

G19

Emerging Labour Issues: Domestic Workers' Rights

G20

Emerging Labour Issues: Child Labour

G21

Reproductive rights

G22

LGBTQ Rights: Comparative Approaches