International Law and Social Justice

Experience campus life and gain a deeper understanding of international law and social justice issues!

July 15 – 20, 2018

International Law and Social Justice serves as an introduction to the law, theories, and practice of international human rights, together with the instruments, organizations and arrangements that affect their implementation and enforcement. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948 and has become a referential document for many oppressed peoples across the world. Since then, there have been conventions and covenants passed, and many organizations created to pursue and monitor human rights. However, there remains a yawning chasm between human rights policies and practices. This course will look at the philosophical foundations and circumstances that led to the creation and adoption of the UDHR, the mechanisms that have been established to respond to human rights violations, and a critical analysis of some of the most pressing human rights today. We will take field trips and speak to experts, and the course will end with students working in groups to envision and sketch proposed solutions to some human rights issues.

Dr. Colleen Murphy – Instructor

Colleen Murphy is a professor at the College of Law and in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in Illinois International.  Professor Murphy holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame.  Professor Murphy is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press 2017) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press 2010). Professor Murphy’s research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Qatar National Research Fund.


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