Human Rights Courses

Human Rights Courses: Fall 2022

PBHEALTH 264.6 SEC. 001, T/TH 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM, Berkeley Law Room 115

Health and Human Rights (Eric Stover, Rohini Haar)

This course will explore how international human rights and humanitarian laws and norms impact public health, both in times of peace and in conflict. We will examine a wide range of topics including the role of health and legal professionals in documenting the health consequences of war crimes and human rights abuses; treating survivors of torture and sexual violence; addressing the special health and human rights concerns of vulnerable groups, including children, human trafficking survivors, and prisoners; and resolving conflicts between civil liberties and public health policies during epidemics. We will also examine the role of international humanitarian organizations in armed conflict, and health and human rights impacts of climate change and COVID-19 related human rights policies. The course is offered through the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and School of Law.

LEGALST 125 001 - LEC 001, T/TH 2:00 PM - 4:59 PM, Social Sciences Building 10
Human Rights and War Crimes Investigations: Methods (Alexa Koenig)

This seminar offers an introduction to the concept and practice of human rights research and investigations, with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of online open source information. In addition to lectures and readings, the course will engage students in the Human Rights Investigations Lab at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, an effort that supports the work of Amnesty International, the Syrian Archive, and a number of other organizations that are working to bring awareness to and collect evidence in support of international atrocity cases, including human rights law firms and international commissions of inquiry. In the seminar and lab, students will have an opportunity to engage in one or more real-world investigations.

LAW 262.68 sec. 001, Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM, Berkeley Law 141
Human Rights and War Crimes Investigations (Alexa Koenig, Eric Stover, Lindsay Freeman)

This seminar introduces the concepts and practices underlying human rights and war crimes investigations, including online open source investigations: investigations that use social media and other publicly accessible, internet-based sources to gather and verify evidence for advocacy and legal accountability. In addition to lectures and readings, the course will introduce students to investigations and research at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, which provides students with an opportunity to engage in real-world investigations with a number of organizations that are working to bring awareness to grave international crimes and other human rights abuses. Partners include legal investigators, investigative reporters, and human rights non-profit organizations. In the course, students will learn the fundamentals of conducting international investigations, including how to collect and authenticate documentary information--including digital evidence--of war crimes and human rights abuses.

JOU J298, Graduate School of Journalism, Tues. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM / Wed. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, North Gate (Library)
Open Source Investigations and Investigative Journalism (David Barstow, Alexa Koenig, Gisela Perez) 

This class will be two part: a seminar focusing on a particular story in collaboration with a major media outlet, and a lab portion focusing on using cutting edge open source investigative techniques, pioneered by Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, with investigative reporting and multimedia skills. This course will be co-taught by representatives from the Human Rights Center and the Investigative Reporting program, with the objective of producing high-quality OSINT Investigations. AP journalists will also likely contribute to this seminar. Priority will be given to students already enrolled in this course for the fall 2021 semester.

Human Rights Minor (Undergraduate)

This is a program under the newly developed Global Studies Program. Helping undergraduates explore issues via multiple forms of thought and media of expression—through literature as well as politics, journalism as well as law, film as well as anthropology—the HRI minor emphasizes the many different intellectual spaces in which human rights questions are currently being posed. For more, click here.

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