Content:
 1.      Semester Dates and Teaching Schedule
 2.      Guidelines
a)      Student guidelines
b)      Dissertation guidelines
c)      Internship guidelines
d)      By- Laws
e)      Teaching staff

3.      Resources

a)      Main Library
b)      CSHR Library
4.      Plagiarism Policy
5.      Assignments
6.      Final Examination
7.      Dissertations
8.      How to contact us

Content:

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Introductory lectures

A1

What are human rights? Philosophical and normative foundations of human rights

A2

Philosophical critiques of human rights

A3

Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Institutionalisation

A4

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL) - Part I

 

A5

Introduction to Public International Law (PIL)-Part II

 

A6

The formation and structure of the United Nations (Part I)

A7

UN Human Rights Framework and key institutions (Part I)

A8

UN Treaty-based Mechanisms (part 1)

A9

UN Charter-based Mechanisms (part 2)

A10

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A11

Key IHRL Documents, overview

A12

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 1

 

A13

UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - 2

 

A14

UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) - 1

A15

Introduction to Human Rights Mechanisms

A16

Human rights obligations of Non-state actors


Content :- 

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Lecture Topic

D1

Introduction: What is research? [The relevance of research in human rights protection and promotion and the usefulness of a critical approach to research]

D2

Research Ethics (including plagiarism and adequate sourcing of material)

D3

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues- 1

D4

Methodological Debates, Options and Issues-2

D5

Qualitative Methods- 1

D6

Qualitative Methods- 2

D7

Qualitative Methods- 3

D8

Quantitative Methods – 1
Qualitative and Quantitative data
Quantitative methods of data collection

D9

Quantitative Methods – 2
Random and non-random sampling

D10

Quantitative Methods – 3
Data processing

D11

Quantitative Methods – 4
Data analysis and presentation

D12

Developing a Research Theme (topic) and Literature Review

D13

Fieldwork and Participatory Research

D14

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices

D15

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part II)

D16

Argumentation based on research

D17

Developing/ presenting a research proposal


Content:- 

Code

Lecture Topic

 

Introductory lectures: Concepts

B1

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation

B2

Interdependence between Democracy and Human Rights

B3

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty

B4

Democracy, and the Rule of Law

 

Democratic Systems and Structures

B5

Systems of Constitutional Governance (introduction)

B6

Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and the Independence of the Judiciary

B7

Independence of Public Service

B8

Dilemmas of Democracy and the role of (Sri Lankan) Civil Society

B9

Democratic Accountability (political, legal, and Judicial)

B10

The Electoral System

 

Contextualisation of Democracy (competency with critical arguments concerning democracy)

B11

Developments in a discourse on liberal democracy in the Asia-Pacific region

B12

Seminar

B13

Group Rights/Minority Rights and Democracy

B14

Human Rights and Democracy during (national/global) crises (man-made or natural causes)

B15

Transitional Democracy (global context)



Content:

Code

Lecture Topic

 

Introductory lectures

C1

Introduction to transitional justice:  dilemmas of dealing with the past

C2

Introduction to transitional justice components and standards

C3

Human rights law and the development of transitional justice principles

C4

Transitional justice and international criminal justice

 

Transitional Justice and the Constitution

C5

Introduction: relationship between constitutions and transitional justice

C6

Constitutional making/reforms: overcoming barriers to Transitional Justice policies and mechanisms

C7

Constitutional making/ reform: a tool for non-recurrence

C8

 Sequencing TJ and constitutional reforms.

 

Interventions – advocacy, policy-options, impact evaluations

C9

Practical and policy considerations: Negotiating a TJ policy

C10

Assessing the impact of transitional justice policies

C11

Truth and Reconciliation mandate

C12

Case study: Nepal, Sri Lanka

C13

Arts for reconciliation / transitional justice


Content:- 

Code

Lecture Topic

F1

Implementing State obligations : introduction to

theoretical basis and practical implementation of international law in domestic systems

F2

 

Freedom of expression and media freedom

F3

Freedom of conscience, religion and belief: legal

perspectives

F4

Freedom of conscience, religion and belief:

sociological and political perspectives

F5

Economic, social and cultural rights: justiciability

and indivisibility issues)

F6

The right to health

F7

The right to education

F8

The right to housing

F9

The CEDAW convention and gender based

violence

F10

European convention on human rights/EU law on

human rights

F11

American system, OAS,

The African system ACHR on human rights

F12

Overview of key ILO Conventions (part 1)

F13

Overview of key ILO Conventions (part 11)

F14

CRC and juvenile justice

F15

International humanitarian law and its impact on

human rights

F16

International criminal law: ICC and Ad Hoc

tribunals

F17

Universal periodic review (special procedures)


Critical and Emerging Issues in the Region – Semester 2

G1

Critical approaches to human rights

discourse (including a discourse on Asian values)

G2

Cultural relativism and human rights;

contemporary discourse

G3

Human rights and the impact of religion

inspired nationalism

G4

Democracy in South Asia: Critical and

Emerging Issues

G5

Democracy, Liberal Constitutionalism and

Asian Values: Lessons from East Asia

G6

'Discourse on Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka: Prospects & Challenges'

G7

Globalisation, its impact on rights

consciousness and democracy

G8

Human rights, international financial

institutions (IFIs) and the WTO

G9

Sustainable development: economic,

environmental and social dimensions

G10

The rights-based approach to development and the right to development

G11

New development paradigm: the Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs)

G12

Key SDGs: reduced inequalities, sustainable

cities, consumption and production (examples)

G13

Emerging labour issues: child labour

G14

International standards on migration and

migrant workers: regional perspectives

G15

Human trafficking: international standards and

regional perspectives

G16

National security/human security – both

domestic and international

G17

Critical and emerging issues in feminist

Discourse

G18

Disability and human rights – comparative

policy perspectives

G19

LGBTQ rights: comparative approaches


Content:

  1. Semester Key Dates
  2. Lecture Schedule – January 2016
  3. Student Guidelines
  4. Dissertation Guidelines
  5. Internship Guidelines
  6. By-Laws
  7. Assignments
  8. Teaching Staff
  9. Past Assignments
  10. Past Exam Papers
  11. Student Profiles