LAWS6974 - Development, Law & Human Rights (12 Credit Points)
- The role and limits of law in addressing acute problems of socio-economic development and human rights in developing countries, through an interactive field school conducted over two weeks in Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries.
- Reflect upon the influence of, and resistance to, human rights and international law in developmental processes.
The transition from armed conflict to peace in the aftermath of a Maoist insurgency and the end of the monarchy in Nepal (including issues of transitional criminal justice, the drafting of a new constitution, and building a new legal and political system in light of Nepalese legal traditions and foreign legal influences); the protection of socio-economic rights (including rights to food, water, housing, and livelihoods), minority rights (of 'tribals', and 'dalits' in the caste system), and the 'right to development' under constitutional and international law; the interaction between local disputes over natural resources, human displacement caused by development projects, environmental protection and climate change in the context of fragile Himalayan ecologies; the legal protection of refugees (Tibetan or Bhutanese) in camp or mass influx situations, in the context of the limited resources of a developing country and the causes of, and solutions to, human displacement; the experience of women in development and human rights processes.
To register, please visit the Himalayan Field School website
Semester 1 Intensive
21 January - 3 February 2013
The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.
- 1 x Two-Hour Exam in Nepal (30%)
- 1 x 8,000 Word Essay (70%)
Please note: this unit has a restricted class size. It is worth 12 credit points.