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    • 21534-01
    • Liman Workshop: Rationing Law: Human Rights, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Reform
    • Kalb
    • Mon 6:10 PM-8:00 PM
    • 2
    • -
    • open enrollment
    • not applicable

    Liman Public Interest Workshop: Human Rights, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Reform (21534). 2 units, credit/fail. This workshop will consider the role of international human rights in U.S. social movements related to the law of prisons and criminal justice reform. Lawyers are increasingly integrating human rights law and strategies to advance their domestically-focused advocacy efforts. Our discussion will critically explore the drivers and impacts of these strategies in the context of American mass incarceration. We will begin the semester by exploring the challenges of defining a set of universal rights, with a particular focus on the influence of the United States. We will then consider the challenge of rights enforcement as it relates to questions of American sovereignty, culture, democratic politics, foreign policy, and federalism. We will explore the efficacy and legitimacy of the multi-faceted strategies that advocates have adopted to advance human rights law, inside and outside the courts, through UN and regional mechanisms, and in the mobilization of grassroots communities. Through a study of contemporary campaigns – including movements to end the criminalization of homelessness, to eradicate the death penalty, and to reduce the use of solitary confinement in prisons – we will explore the promise of domestic human rights strategies, their relationship to more familiar forms of mobilization, and related challenges and limitations. Over the course of the semester, students in the workshop will write four response papers of no more than 2-double-spaced pages. A limited number of students may take write a longer paper and receive graded credit with permission of the instructors. J. Kalb.

    Location: SLB - 124 (Mon)
    Grade mode: credit/fail
    CRN: 20073