Comparative human rights: structure and methodology
The course begins with an introduction to the structure and basic doctrines of human and constitutional rights law and the nature and methodology of comparative law.
We will then study a range of important and controversial issues in human rights law:
- Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
- Sexual Freedom and Sexual Morality
- Same Sex Marriage
- Religion in the Public Sphere: Islamic Dress, Crucifixes, and the Ten Commandments
- Hate Speech
- Obscene Speech and Blasphemous Speech
- Socio-Economic Rights
- Terrorism and Human Rights
- Life Imprisonment
- Gender Identity
These topics are approached by studying and comparing judgments from various highly respected courts all over the world, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Canadian Supreme Court, the South African Constitutional Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the U.K. Supreme Court, and the German Federal Constitutional Court. The courts’ decisions serve as a springboard for a critical discussion of the respective rights issue.