LLM Concentration in Human Rights
The human rights concentration is one of four concentrations offered to LL.M. students through Harvard Law School. It enables students with a strong interest in human rights to focus their studies and work closely with other students and faculty who share this interest. The concentration is best suited for students with either background or interest in human rights scholarship or activism who would like to deepen their commitment to the field, both from theoretical and practical perspectives.
Participants in the LL.M. Human Rights Concentration enroll in the fall semester course, International Human Rights, taught by Professor Gerald Neuman, Co-Director of the Human Rights Program, and the year-long “capstone” seminar, Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies, taught by Neuman and Mindy Roseman, Academic Director of the Human Rights Program, as well as other elective human rights courses. They also write their short or long LL.M. papers on a subject relating to human rights.
HRP faculty often lead reading groups on topics in their areas of expertise. In Fall 2014, Susan Farbstein will lead a 1L reading group, Becoming a Human Rights Advocate, and Tyler Giannini will lead a 1L reading group, Communities and Human Rights Advocacy. Past reading groups have included The “War on Terror” Memoir, Transitional Justice in Southern Africa, and International Reproductive/Sexual Health Rights.
J-Term Seminar: The Doctrine and Practice of Inter-American Human Rights System
This seminar, generally offered every other year, provides an overview and critique of the case law and practice of the inter-American human rights system. Over the past two decades, the organs of that system have developed important jurisprudence in the area of human rights and have served to stimulate debate and to prompt progressive change in domestic legislation and state practice in the Americas. In January 2013, Lecturers Fernando Ribeiro Delgado and Stephanie Brewer taught the seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica, the seat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, examining the principal decisions of the Commission and the Court, as well as their impact in-country. Guest speakers in this seminar are likely to include one or more practitioners before the Court, attorneys, and justices of the Court.
Note: The International Human Rights Clinic also offers several human-rights related courses. The Law School offers additional human rights courses, which you can find in the course catalog here, particularly under “Human Rights” and “International, Comparative & Foreign Law.”