PrF:MVV266K Human Rights Mechanism - Course Information

MVV266K Human Rights Mechanism in South Asia

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Dr. Shveta Dhaliwal (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV266K/01: Mon 5. 11. 16:00–17:40 025, 18:00–19:40 025, Tue 6. 11. 18:00–19:40 025, Wed 7. 11. 18:00–19:40 025, Thu 8. 11. 16:00–17:40 025, 18:00–19:40 025
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 29/30, only registered: 0/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is designed to apprise the students of the regional human rights mechanisms that are working in different parts of the world at regional level. These are currently well established in the Europe under the Council of Europe (CoE) and other organizations like the European Union (EU), in the America such system exists under the Organization of American States (OAU), in Africa the human rights system works under the aegis of the African Union (AU). There are other regions which have human rights mechanisms which are unique, for example the one working under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Yet there are other regions who are still struggling to legitimize their human rights systems, for example the one under the League of Arab States.
The course would present an overview of these regional human rights systems by presenting their genesis, nature, structure and procedures. The focus would be on comparison of all these regional systems and to draw certain conclusions after lectures and discussions.
The course would then proceed to discuss the region of South Asia which has no such human rights mechanism despite that there have been voices in favour of it. Before dwelling on the question why there is no human rights mechanism in South Asia? The course classes would elaborate upon the philosophical, historical, political, economic, cultural backdrops of human rights in this region.
After this the conclusions drawn at the end of comparative analysis of the existing human rights mechanisms would be applied to the region of South Asia in order to make a case for establishing such a system in this region too. Lastly, the students would be invited to contribute to this course by way of their blueprint for having a human Rights Mechanism for South Asia!
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Understand the reasons behind the emergence of regional human rights mechanisms;
2. Be introduced to human rights culture of South Asia;
3. Be able to create new ideas to contribute to the future of human rights theory and practice;
4. Will be able to learn more about human rights from interdisciplinary aspect
5. Be able to make reasonable deductions on the topic of the course and more.
  • 1. The pyramid of human rights monitoring: Need for International Model to Regional Models
  • 2. The regional human rights mechanisms of Europe and Inter-America
  • 3. The regional human rights Mechanisms of Africa and Arab
  • 4. Asian approach to human rights mechanism: Southeast Asian systém
  • 5. South Asia: Geopolitics of Human Rights of the region
  • 6. Drafting the blueprint of Human rights Mechanism for South Asia
  • See Teacher’s Information for full details.
Teaching methods
The medium of instructions would be English and the classes would be a blend of lectures, interactions and discussions. Students would be given independent work to draw their own arguments for the class discussion as they would be continuously involved by way of their rich inputs to the issues being dealt in the class. It is expected of students to have read the materials beforehand in order to bring the best outcomes.The arguments would be drawn from interdisciplinary analysis.
Assessment methods
The assessment of the students would be as following:
1. First test: An take home assessment of one essay question would be given to the students on the first day of the course and would have to be submitted on the third day. 40 Points.
2. Second test: A set of 40 MCQs would be provided to the students on the fifth day. The test would be held for 30 minutes of duration. 40 Points.
3. Class performance or exceptional participation wold carry extra points out of 10 points.
4. Regularity in attending classes would be marked out of 6 points.
5. Class presentations on each day would carry 4 points.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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