Governments are cracking down on protests, NGOs, and dissent. We'll not only discuss events in the news, but we'll also speak to people making the news. For example, previous classes have spoken to protest leaders, UN Special Rapporteurs, and lawyers for NGOs allegedly engaged in terrorism.
The seminar will provide a global tour of the legal frameworks governing civil society and civic activism. We'll explore international law and national legislation in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the US. We'll also have some fun, playing the role of UN Ambassadors, government officials, and NGO leaders in interactive exercises to explore this cutting-edge field of international law.
The seminar will provide contacts and skills to help you pursue a career in international human rights law. Internships are also available for eligible students at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which works in 100 countries to advance civic freedom.
By the end of the semester, you should have the ability to:
- Analyze international law governing the freedoms of association and assembly;
- Evaluate the extent to which national legislation complies with international law;
- Craft arguments to bring national legislation closer to international law and good practice;
- Communicate effectively with diplomats, government officials, and civic activists;
- Analyze ethical aspects that arise in crafting laws that affect the freedoms of association and assembly; and
- Assess the impact of law on nonprofit organizations, social movements, and protests.