Human Rights and Globalization
Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2
Although Human Rights and Globalization are not usually topics that are discussed at the same time, or even in the same forum, they are ideas that are inextricably intertwined. Globalization, for example, has not had a positive role in reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots; has not resulted in good jobs for those at the margins; and has contributed to the shrinking social safety nets. Also when the topic of human rights is broached, mostly the focus is on civil and political rights, although the human rights regime includes social, economic and cultural rights as well as solidarity or group rights such as the rights to peace, democracy, a healthy environment, development and the patrimony of humankind. This class will explore the state of economic rights in the wake of globalization. Economic, social and cultural rights are a broad category of human rights guaranteed in international and regional instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Protocol of San Salvador to the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights. These rights are, along with civil and political rights, key for human flourishing. The course will engage the significance, development and desirability of these rights in human existence. Topics to be covered include the rights to and in work, housing, property, culture (including language), food and nutrition, water, education, social security. It also will explore children’s rights, indigenous rights, and rights of women in and under development.