Vienna Human Rights Model United Nations

Academic Program: 

Instructor: Sejal Parmar

Credits: 1.0

Course description: Elective course

This clinical course for human rights students builds on their existing knowledge and experience of the UN human rights system by providing them with an opportunity to actively participate in a simulated session of the Human Rights Council at the UN in Vienna. Students take the role of diplomats and form teams (or delegations) to investigate contemporary human rights challenges of particular international concern, develop position papers and draft paragraphs of resolutions in accordance with their states’ interests and foreign policy perspectives. The course then culminates in a live, one-day simulated session of the Human Rights Council, held under procedural rules, in which delegations argue for their state’s position and negotiate as realistically as possible with others towards the adoption of resolutions. 

Learning Outcomes: 

• Ability to demonstrate substantial in-depth knowledge of international human rights law;
• Ability to benefit from a substantial knowledge of human rights law and protection mechanisms on the supranational level – advanced level;
• Ability to benefit from a substantial understanding of the institutional and procedural framework of human rights enforcement – advanced level;
• Ability to provide genuine solutions to complex human rights problems using comparative arguments;
• Ability to use legal reasoning – advanced level;
• Ability to use cases and precedents in legal reasoning – advanced level;
• Ability to identify and design means and strategies to promote open society actively;
• Ability to thinking critically at an advanced level.