Human Rights and Social Justice Course offerings (Fall 2021)
HRSJ 301 Seminar in Human Rights and Social Justice (3 credits)
Human rights is often viewed only from the legal perspective, which could be described as a rather narrow view of human rights. Notably, human rights have historical, theoretical, philosophical, political and sociological dimensions worth examining. As a core and foundation component of the MA in HRSJ Program, this course aims at equipping students with the fundamental knowledge of various dimensions of human rights, emphasizing the respective historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations. Students will master the key human rights concepts and vocabulary, gain knowledge of the main international human rights protection systems, as well as be apprised of the recurrent debates and controversies related to human rights.
HRSJ 302 Theories of Social Justice and Community Engagement (3 credits)
This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of social justice, allowing students to gain an understanding of how various issues and factors contribute to social justice or interfere with justice distributed equally to different racial and minority groups or classes within societies. It helps students develop broad frameworks for explaining the theories of progressive social change. The course promotes systematic, theoretical thinking about specific issues, such as discrimination, climate justice, poverty, food sustainability, resilience, globalization, social movements, and democratic renewal. This course also focuses on the challenges of enacting social justice ideas, principles, and practices in policy-making processes.
LAW 342 Human Rights Law (3 credits)
By presenting legal problems for discussion and resolution, this course introduces students to the principles and the practice of contemporary human rights law in the global as well as Armenian contexts. Attention is given to the development of individual claims against states regarding issues of torture; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; and women and ethnic minority rights. Also explored are contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law and individual accountability through the development of international criminal law. Sources of law reviewed include international treaties, customary law and Armenian legislation.
LAW 328 Introduction to Labor Law (1 credit)
This course examines International and Armenian labor laws governing issues related to employment (such as, fair and equal treatment, workplace safety, etc.), as well as issues related to security of personal information (personal data) and labor contract information confidentiality The course focuses on the principles adopted by the World Labor Organization (WLO), peculiarities of the US and EU employment regulations, including Title VII of the US Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the guiding principles of the Armenian Labor Code. The primary focus of the course is on the national labor law, including neighboring laws. The course will also have analytical and practical assignments on drafting labor contracts and examining court case studies.
LAW344 International Criminal Law (2 credits)
International criminal law is a rapidly growing modern discipline of law. The historical goal for the development of this discipline was to end the impunity of individuals responsible for mass atrocities. International criminal law is a body of law containing legal provisions, institutions and traditions from pubic international law, comparative criminal law and human rights law. One of the aims of this course is to introduce students to the key areas of international criminal law by engaging them in reading, researching, problem solving exercises and discussions of the most important aspects of this discipline. The course also aims to promote interest in international criminal law among the members of the legal community of Armenia.
LAW 349 Topics in Public International Law: NK Conflict under PIL (2 credits)
The objective of this course will be to provide a detailed analysis of the basic international norms applicable to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (including, but not limited to, self-determination, territorial integrity, secession and recognition). It also aims to inform students about various impacts the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has on Armenia and the region, from economic to political and military. Students will learn to look at Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the larger context of various norms of International Law.
LAW 363 Topics in Comparative Law: Anti-corruption and Compliance (2 credits)
This course covers topics in corruption, including corruption measurement, corruption prevention (asset declaration, conflict of interest, ethics) and enforcement. An important component of the course is compliance with anti-corruption laws in the private sector (international law and standards of anti-corruption compliance, company liability for acts of corruption committed by persons acting on behalf of the company, compliance systems and policies, value-based compliance programs, corporate governance, risk management, internal controls and investigation, international anti-corruption business initiatives). During the course cases relevant to each topic will be studied.