HUMAN RIGHTS - IRS361/IRS661 Spring 2021
Human rights belong to the most discussed (and the most contested) questions in international politics. Which rights do we actually have, and who decides? Is there such a thing as a “right to democracy”, or a “right to the world”? This course invites students to critically examine ideas and institutions shaping current rights protection. Our key framework will be the UN system, the regional focus involves case studies from Europe (including Turkey). The course proceedings will pay attention to historical, political, social and legal contexts of invention of various categories of rights and to the interplay between national/transnational institutions and movements campaigning for rights.