Around the world, people are protesting and joining advocacy groups to demand social justice. In this seminar, we will examine the right to associate, dissent, and protest. We will also examine how counter-terrorism, national security, and political systems affect civic freedom. We will study international law and then survey national legislation in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
We will discuss current events, and you will have a chance to speak to people who are making news and developing international law. Previous classes have spoken to protest leaders, diplomats, the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedoms of assembly and association, and a lawyer for an NGO accused of funding terrorism.
Internships (not for credit) at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law are also available for selected students interested in pursuing a career in this field.