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Swayam Central

International Human Rights System

By Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy   |   O.P. Jindal Global University

In this paper, a brief introduction to Human Rights is given and an overview of various theories of rights is done. It also covers Human Rights provisions in the United Nations Charter, International Bill of Human Rights, Core Human Rights Treaties and other International Standards. The work of charter based bodies and treaty-based bodies is taken up for review. The course also covers certain practical aspects like how National Human Rights Institutions and NGO's can feed into the treaty monitoring process. The international system for protection and promotion of Human Rights is supplemented by the regional systems that are available in Europe, Americas, Africa and elsewhere. A thorough discussion on the works of these regional systems is also covered during this course.


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SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 06 Jul 2020
End Date : 31 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 15 Nov 2020
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1 Module 1 - Meaning, Significance & Historical Development Of Human Rights
    Week 1 Module 2 Natural Rights
    Week 1 Module 3. Liberal, Libertarian and Legal Positivist Theories of Rights
    Week 2 Module 1. Communitarian and Feminist Theory of Rights
    Week 2 Module 2 MARXIST THEORY OF RIGHTS
    Week 3 Module 1. HUMAN RIGHTS PROVISIONS IN THE UN CHARTER
    Week 3 Module 2 UN General Assembly: Mandate of UN General Assembly for the protectionand promotion of Human Rights
    Week 3 Module 3. UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    Week 4 Module 1 Economic and Social Council
    Week 4 Module 2. UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
    Week 4 Module 3 THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
    Week 5 Module 1 UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
    Week 5 Module 2 COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    Week 5 Module 3 INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
    Week 6 Module 1 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL; BIRTH OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - COMPARISON BETWEEN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
    Week 6 Module 2 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: UN SECRETARY GENERAL' S REPORT; "IN LARGER FREEDOM TOWARDS SECURITY, DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL
    Week 7 Module 1 UN Women
    Week 7 Module 2 THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAM (UN-HABITAT)
    Week 7 Module 3 THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR)
    Week 8 Module 1 UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
    Week 8 Module 2 Treaty-based procedures
    Week 8 Module 3. Treaty-based procedures Part B. TREATY-BASED BODIES
    Week 9 Module 1 TREATY-BASED PROCEDURES: OVERVIEW OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
    Week 9 Module 2 OVERVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
    Week 9 Module 3 CHARTER-BASED PROCEDURES: A) THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
    Week 10 Module 1 CHARTER-BASED PROCEDURES: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SPECIAL PROCEDURES
    Week 10 Module 2 Universal Periodic Review
    Week 10 Module 3 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO)
    Week 11 Module 1 INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO)
    Week 11 Module 2 WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
    Week 11 Module 3 THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF)
    Week 11 Module 4 UNESCO
    Week 12 Module 1 THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE AND ITS INSTITUTIONS
    Week 12 Module 2 EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER AND THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF SOCIAL RIGHTS
    Week 12 Module 3 OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES
    Week 12 Module 4 ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE
    Week 13 Module 1 REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM IN AFRICA 1
    Week 13 Module 2 REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM IN THE AMERICAS
    Week 13 Module 3 INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM (MONITORING BODIES)
    Week 14 Module 1 ASIAN MECHANISM: REVIEW OF EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH A SOUTH ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISM
    Week 14 Module 2 ARAB REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS
    Week 14 Module 3 THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
    Week 15 Module 1 INTRODUCTION TO NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION SYSTEM

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy

    O.P. Jindal Global University
    Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy is presently working as the Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies in the O.P. Jindal Global University, National Capital Region of Delhi, India. Prior to it, he served in the National Human Rights Commission of India in various capacities for over 12 years including as the Director, Policy Research, Programmes and Projects Division. He spearheaded the Commission’s advocacy and monitoring efforts, among others, in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDS and rights of persons with disabilities.  As a civil servant, he also held a number of responsible and sensitive assignments including as the Director, Media and Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat from 2005-07.
    His books on `Halsbury’s Laws of India - Human Rights’ and `Human Rights Handbook’ were published by LexisNexis Butterworths.  He edited NHRC’s Annual Journal on Human Rights for several years. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Madras, M.A. degree in Human Rights from the University of London (recipient of British Chevening Fellowship) and Ph.D. degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.
    In addition to his regular responsibilities, Professor Murthy is also working as the Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O.P. Jindal Global University. He has also been elected as the Vice President of Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) for a three year term from 2018 – 21 and serves on the Executive Council of the All India Law Teachers’ Congress (AILTC). He is an Advisor to the All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AINNI). He is Executive Board Member of International Forum on Crime and Criminal Law in the Global Era (IFCCLGE)-India. He is also a National Coordinator of SWAYAM MOOCs.


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