Theory and practice of human rights

A.A. 2018/2019
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The course articulates three levels of Human Rights: law, theories and practice. It aims at providing knowledge and understanding concerning the concept of human rights, the process of internationalization of rights, focusing on the most relevant human rights norms and institutions and on the relations between human rights law and practice. It will also consider moral, legal and political debates on human rights. At the end of the course students should be able to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding in order to take actively part in discussions concerning both normative and empirical aspects of human rights and to form individual judgements. During the course students will be required to read texts, to discuss them and to elaborate personal opinions in order to exercise their learning, critical and communication skills.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Primo trimestre
Informazioni sul programma
Unit 1

- Ignatieff, M., "Human Rights as Politics / Human Rights ad Idolatry", The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Princeton University, Princeton, 2000.

Students are required to read and know the general content of the following human rights documents easily accessible through the Internet:

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948);
- International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965);
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) with the two Optional Protocols;
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) with the Optional Protocol;
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979) with the Optional Protocol (1999);
- Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) with three Optional Protocols (2000, 2012).

- American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Men (1948);
- American Convention on Human Rights (1969);
- European Convention on Human Rights (1950) with Protocols;
- European Social Charter (1961);
- African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981);
- Arab Charter of Human Rights (2004).

Unit 2

- Sen, A., "Elements of a Theory of Human Rights", Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 32, no. 4, 2004, pp. 315-356.
- Sen, A., "Human Rights and Asian Values", Sixteenth Morgenthau Memorial Lecture on Ethics & Foreign Policy, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York, 1997.
- Nussbaum, M.C., "In Defense of Universal Values", Women and Human Development. The Fifth Annual Hesburgh Lectures on Ethics and Public Policy, University of Notre Dame, 1999.
- Gewirth, A., "The Basis and Content of Human Rights", Nomos, vol. 23, Human Rights, 1981, pp. 119-147.
- Griffin, J., "First Steps in an Account of Human Rights", European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 3, 2001, pp. 306-327.
- Rawls, J., "The Law of Peoples", Critical Inquiry, vol. 20, no. 1, 1993, pp. 36-68.
- Cohen, J., "Minimalism about Human Rights: The Most We Can Hope For", The Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 2, 2004, pp. 190-213.
- Beitz, C., The Idea of Human Rights, chaps. 5 ("A Fresh Start"), 6 ("Normativity"), 7 ("International Concerns"), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, pp. 96-196.
- Pogge, T.W., "The International Significance of Human Rights", The Journal of Ethics, vol. 4, no. 1/2, 2000, pp. 45-69.
- Pogge, T.W., "Severe Poverty as a Human Rights Violation", in UNESCO, Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right. 1. Who Owes What to the Very Poor?, ed. by. T.W. Pogge, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007, pp. 11-53.

Non-attending students should prepare all the texts listed for attending students (see above) and, additionally, the following text:

- Nickel, J., Making Sense of Human Rights, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2007.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
In order to be considered attending student, attendance of 4/5 of the lectures is required.
The exam for attending students will consist in a written test of twelve open-ended questions to be answered in two hours and in an optional oral test. Attending students will have the opportunity to divide the exam in two parts.
Metodi didattici
Lectures and class discussion.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
The exam for non-attending students will consist in a written test made of twelve open-ended questions to be answered in two hours and in an optional oral test.
Lezioni: 40 ore
Docente: Riva Nicola
Ogni martedì, dalle 13.00 alle 16.00.
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali - Stanza 206