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Human Rights Accountability and Remedies

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course focuses on the practice of human rights advocacy, so it is about violations of human rights and the defense of human rights. Many times we can’t rely on formal accountability mechanisms to deliver remedies for violations of human rights. Following this idea, the course covers how advocates combine political, legal and reputational accountability strategies to hold violators accountable where formal enforcement mechanisms are unavailable. Also the course focuses on case studies from contexts where the accountability gap is particularly stark, like transnational actors who lack direct accountability relationships with rights-holders, including international development, peacekeeping and corporate activities. It is expected for students to understand how various strategies work together to build a successful campaign for accountability that results in remedies for victims.

Course Content

1. What is accountability?

2. Accountability mechanisms for human right violations

3. The right to remedy

4. When are formal enforcement mechanisms unavailable?

5. Case studies where the accountability gap is particularly stark

6. How to build a successful campaign for accountability that results in remedies for victims


For human rights beyond borders: How to hold States accountable for extraterritorial violations, ETOs

Vega C., Mehra A., Wong A., Holding Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Violations Recent Developments and Next Steps

Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: A Guide for Victims and NGOs on Recourse Mechanisms, FIDH

Improving accountability and access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuse, Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights