Explore the connection between human rights law and international criminal law and reflect on their similarities and differences.
Discover how human rights and criminal law connect or challenge each other
Are you a master’s student or a professional new to international law and relations? On this course, you will build your understanding of human rights law, international criminal law, and how the two concepts relate to each other.
You will learn the core principles of human rights and how they have influenced international criminal law. You will discover the extent international criminal law has met the expectation of victims of human right violations. You will also look at what individuals and governments have done to prioritise human rights in fighting international crime.
What topics will you cover?
- The parallel development of human rights law (HRL) and International criminal law (ICL).
- HRL and ILC courts: mapping the respective competencies and tasks.
- Where do HRL and ICL converge or conflict? Limits, opportunities and challenges of prosecuting mass human rights violations.
- A gender-sensitive human rights perspective on ICL.
- Children’s rights and ICL prosecutions.
- International crimes in the jurisprudence of HRL courts.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain the interplay between human rights, gender issues, the rights of the child, and international criminal law (ICL).
- Compare the tools available for women and children to claim their rights when involved in situations of organised violence.
- Engage in mapping and sharing information on agencies that fight against sexual and gender-based violence.
- Assess to what extent ICL has actually met the expectations of the victims of crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and what has been the contribution of international prosecutions to the cause of human rights.
- Debate on whether international criminal and human rights courts effectively protect the most vulnerable in situations of armed conflict or widespread violence.
- Reflect on what individuals, civil society organisations and like-minded governments done to prioritise human rights in fighting international crimes and ending impunity, and on what still needs to be done.
Who is the course for?
This course is for master’s students in international law and international relations, professionals, human rights activists and NGO officers looking to explore this area of international law studies.
Who will you learn with?
Paolo De Stefani
I have a legal background and have taught international law of human rights at the University of Padova since 1991. Currently, I teach at the master's degree in human rights and multilevel governance.
I am a collaborator of the "Antonio Papisca" Human Rights Center of the University of Padova. I have a background in human rights law and democratisation. I also worked in asylum seekers projects.
I am a collaborator of the "Antonio Papisca" Human Rights Center of the University of Padova. I have a background in political science and human rights.
Who developed the course?
University of Padova
The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.
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