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Topics in History, Memory, and Transitional Justice

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the relationship between the history and development of human rights globally and the application of transitional justice. We will cover the history of human rights from ancient times to modern-day globalization, while taking into account the development of transitional justice. Some case studies will also be covered, namely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. Lastly, we will look at the impact of globalization on human rights and transitional justice.

Course Content

1. Human rights’ history: From the ancient times to globalization

2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

3. History and development of transitional justice

4. Main objectives of transitional justice

5. Legal framework of transitional justice

6. The International Criminal Court

7. The impact of globalization on human rights and transitional justice


Kai Ambos, Judith Large, Marieke Wierda - Building a Future on Peace and Justice_ Studies on Transitional Justice, Peace and Development The Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice - Springer (2008)

Lynn Hunt - Inventing Human Rights_ A History - W. W. Norton & Co. (2007)

Micheline Ishay - The History of Human Rights_ From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era - University of California Press (2004)

Ruti G. Teitel - Transitional Justice - Oxford University Press, USA (2002)

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann - Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (Human Rights in History) - Cambridge University Press (2010)