This offering will examine international human rights through the lens of Henkin’s concept that these rights are “inherent in human dignity”; that they protect humanity holistically and therefore are intended to ensure that States are responsible individually and collectively for maintaining systems that fulfill people’s most basic, life-sustaining needs for water, food, and shelter. It is only after these basic needs have been met that other human rights can be realized. The course will examine the Western concept of a pyramid of human rights that places political rights at the pinnacle and social and economic rights at the base and question whether that conception fits the circumstances of peoples living in the developing world. More specifically, this issue will be looked at in terms of whether and how the health of peoples all over the world is closely linked to the realization of human rights. Professor Olshansky will use case studies from the International Human Rights Clinic’s work in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to illustrate the issues discussed in the course.
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Last offered Fall 2011.