LAWS 2105 T - Social Justice and Human Rights

Theories and practices of law and social justice. Issues examined may include: civil democracy and repression; global governance and the rule of law; democratic movements and social power; human rights instruments, regimes and remedies; armed conflict; and humanitarian intervention.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit from LAWS 1001, LAWS 1002, PSCI 1100, PSCI 1200 or HUMR 1001 [1.0] or PAPM 1000 [1.0].

This course explores how people in different times and places have enacted the ideals of social justice and human rights. Students will learn about the events and debates that have shaped current practices of human rights, international legal frameworks for human rights, limitations of rights discourses, and movements for social justice by examining varied historical and social contexts. This class will ask students to think through some of the problems related to rights and justice, such as whether law is the best mechanism to promote human rights, whether rights can be applied globally, and how individual rights support or impede justice for social groups.

CRN for section T: 33625

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 33626

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays, 11:35am to 2:25pm, 624 SA

Instructor: Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

About the instructor: Michael Christensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. He has previously taught in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary's University (Halifax) and in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. In 2016-2017 he was a postdoctoral fellow at York University's Global Digital Citizenship Lab and he had previously held a research fellowship with the Democratic Resource Center at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC. His academic interests are in the fields of democracy and human rights, international aid organizations, science and expert knowledge and digital media. His current research focuses on emerging forms of expertise and democratic debate mediated through digital technologies, with a special emphasis on the social and legal implications of online harassment and disinformation. This research incorporates qualitative methodological approaches with new forms of computational social science designed to deal with large unstructured text corpora.

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