Summer course ‘Teaching Law, Human Rights and Ethics’

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Date: 09/01/2008

… We would like to solicit your help to promote the summer course on “Teaching Law, Human Rights and Ethics” among your colleagues, your graduate students, or any interested researchers and practitioners. Course Dates: July 7-11, 2008.

Go to Location: Central European University CEU, Budapest, Hungary, Course page:

This is a one-week course for junior law faculty and senior students interested in pursuing academic career, who wish to learn more about the use of innovative methods of teaching about human rights in relation to various aspects of rule of law, ethics, including experiential learning. The course is devoted to giving participants knowledge on cutting-edge topics, specifically within the themes of: (1) human rights, and (2) professional ethics. The course will also provide skills development in new methods of pedagogy. The ultimate goal of the course is to convey challenging material, technical know-how and motivation to a group of young academics, who will be expected to have an impact on reform of higher legal education through their own curricular innovations … (full text).

Then go to Detailed course description, Teaching Law, Human Rights and Ethics:

The course will consist of three components:

  • Discussions about relationship of human rights and rule of law in general and some of the key concepts embedded in rule of law, such as good governance and sustainable development as well as strategies and methods of promoting them. Critical to the discussion will be an understanding of the key role that civil society plays in governance, policy formulation as well as social development and poverty alleviation. The objective will be to encourage the participants develop their own ideas for enhancing participation in governance and the accountability of the state to society and their understanding about the role that legal education today has to play. Topics covered will include: human rights and rule of law “orthodoxy”, historical overview of civil society movement and their role in good governance and poverty alleviation. Methodology: These topics will be examined using a case study methodology;
  • Discussions about different ethical conceptions of the role of the lawyer and the cultural contexts in which the lawyer’s role is defined. Topics covered will include the issues of confidentiality and its boundaries, conflict of interests and its definition, the duties that lawyer has towards the client, the society, the court and others and the tensions between the interests of the client and interests of the human rights groups.

Methodology: Hypothetical scenarios, role-plays and simulations will be used for the Ethics sessions:

  • Teaching methodology sessions aim at integrating the conceptual discussion about human rights and rule of law and ethics into practical pedagogy session and curriculum development. Participants will share their experiences of innovative teaching methodologies, their goals and uses in different instructional settings (such as classroom, simulations, case rounds, etc), discuss the ways of incorporating them into the curriculum and identify the challenges that they may face;
  • During the methodology sessions, participants in small groups, divided based on the selected topics from the human right and rule of law or ethics themes prepare a class to demonstrate in the end: they will need to select a particular point in the semester’’s syllabus where teaching human rights and rule of law and/or ethics would be appropriate. Each small group shall choose first, an instructional setting (classroom, small group, case rounds, etc); second, a methodology to portray the teaching opportunity and third, a plan or the course outline for the suggested course to be reflected in the curriculum.

Course Structure: … (full text).

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