International Human Rights Advocacy

Academic Program: 

Instructor: Sejal Parmar

Credits: 2.0

Course description: 

This course examines the practice of NGOs working to promote human rights, particularly at the global level. It begins by considering the meaning and ethics of international human rights advocacy, before taking stock of the real and pressing challenges confronting human rights NGOs in today’s political environment. The course then focuses on the methodologies and strategies employed by NGOs working to advance human rights. These methods include: gathering evidence through investigations; reporting and communicating the findings, including through social media; campaigning and lobbying; undertaking strategic litigation; and participating in standard-setting exercises. The course also looks at activities which underpin and are essential for effective advocacy, namely measuring its impact and fundraising. Relying on a diversity of sources, this course assesses the nature and value of international human rights advocacy, while offering critical and practical insights into the work of an individual advocate or practitioner.