This course explores the relationship of women's rights to the international human rights movement that grew out of the Second World War. International human rights are reflected in legal norms, political contexts, moral ideals, international relations and foreign policy. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the laws and policy of international human rights as applied generally and to women in particular. Special attention will be paid to the universal crime of sex slavery and human trafficking of women and children. Students will analyze the rules and standards of contemporary human rights as expressed in states' constitutions, laws, practices, international treaties, custom, court decisions, investigative reports, and recommendations of international institutions, governmental and non-governmental actors in order to understand the ongoing development of international human rights laws and their application to the protection of women's rights.
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