Human Rights I
– What are human rights and how are they recognized?
– How do human rights norms develop? When do we know they exist?
– Can human rights be framed as a “common concern” or as “human dignity? Who
benefits from human rights? What is the impact of human rights?
– What are the possibilities and limitations for human rights as a means of pursuing global justice?
Culture and the Nature of Human Rights: the Universality Debate
– Why do we have human rights rather than a human duties movement? What alternative language could have been used?
– Is the language of rights and the content of right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) universal? Or are the values that are incorporated in the UDHR particular to given cultures or states?
– How can we understand human rights in a cross-cultural context?
– How should we weigh individual women’s rights against the rights of a disadvantaged minority group? Should we have universal women’s rights?
Systems of Human Rights Protection
– How does the UN Charter address human rights and in what provisions? Are all human rights included?
– Compare the Charter’s human rights provisions with those of the UDHR. Are there any potential conflicts?
– What are the categories of human rights set out in the UDHR? What is the status of a declaration under international law? Is the UDHR legally binding?
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
– How does the ICCPR compare with the ICESCR?
– What is the time frame for for implementation of the ICESCR?
– Are civil and political rights of the individual the most basic and fundamental of
all human rights or is it desirable to establish a hierarchy of human rights?
Major human rights organs
– What are the organs of the UN charged with protecting human rights?
– What are the roles of these bodies?
– How does the UN investigate violations of human rights?
– How does the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights compare with
other regional human rights system?
– What is the complaints’ procedure of the human rights treaty bodies?
Non-state actors in human rights
– Who are non-state actors?
– At what level do NGOS operate (e.g., local, regional, international)? What factors determine which methods they employ at various levels?
– What are the dilemmas and challenges of NGOs in Nigeria and other third world countries?
– Are NGOs accountable and is this a problem?
– How independent are NGOs?
– What are “Truth Commission”?
– What are trans-national corporations?
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