This course is a study of comparative human rights primarily between India and other regions of the world. We will focus on how human rights norms, despite supposedly being universal, are often interpreted and applied differently based on historical and other contexts. We will analyze the jurisprudence coming from India and look at in relation to the United States Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights (and Africa to a lesser extent). We will also explore larger related questions as to how this interpretation and application reflect cultural and historical issues common to each region. The format of the classes will be very participatory, relying on dialogue with students and other participants to enter into a rich comparative analysis of these questions.
- To develop participants´ knowledge of how rights are formed at international, regional and national levels.
- To be able to critically analyze rights frameworks and their domestic implementation.
- To understand human rights at regional and country levels through an in-depth study of jurisprudence and procedural laws in relation to India.
- To understand how and why the implementation of international human rights norms differs between India and other countries and regions by considering historical and other differences.
- To understand some of the cultural and historical differences between India, Europe and other regions through a study of case law and newspaper/media articles, and link this back to legal and other jurisprudential questions.