Postgraduate Course: Human Rights in the Middle East (LAWS11428)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will enable students to gain a solid overview of a number of contemporary human rights issues as they emerge across the region of the Middle East. Case studies will ensure that students come to gain an in depth appreciation of a number of sites and situations.
Provisional Seminar Outline:
1) Introduction to Middle Eastern legal systems
2) Regional Human Rights Frameworks
3) Islam and Human Rights
4) Human Rights in Times of Emergency: Comparing Syria and Egypt
5) The Relationship between Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law: the Case of Palestine
6) The Role of International Criminal Law in the region: Comparing Libya and Sudan
7) The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Human Rights
8) Women¿s Rights as Human Rights in the region
9) The Idiom of Human Rights during and after the Arab Uprisings
10) The relationship between human rights and transitional justice: comparing Lebanon and Syria
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a solid overview of a number of contemporary human rights issues as they emerge across the region of the Middle East.
- Apply both theoretical and historical understandings of the subject matter in relation to case studies.
- Conduct independent research and feel confident in tackling any question relating to human rights in the region.
A M Abdellatif, ¿Human Rights in the Arab Mediterranean Countries¿ 2004) 9 Mediterranean Politics 319
R Abou El-Fadl, ¿Beyond Conventional Transitional Justice: Egypt¿s 2011 Revolution and the Absence of Political Will¿ (2012) 6 IJTJ 318
J Afary, ¿The Human Rights of Middle Eastern and Muslim Women: A Project for the 21st Century¿ (2004) 26 HRQ 106
L Allen, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights (2013)
A An-Na¿im, Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, and International Law (1990)
M Baderin, International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law (2003)
M Bydoon, ¿reservations on the ¿Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)¿ Based on Islam and its Practical Application in Jordan: Legal Perspectives¿ (2011) 25 Arab LQ 51
O Dewachi, Ungovernable Life (2017)
Y Dotan, ¿Judicial Rhetoric, Government Lawyers, and Human Rights: The Case of the Israeli High Court of Justice during the Intifada¿ (1999) 33 LSR 319
M Geva, ¿Human rights litigation and the transition from policing to warfare: the case of Israel and its governance of the West Bank and Gaza in the Al-Aqsa Intifada¿ (2017) 49 J Legal Pluralism & Unofficial Law 294
L Hajjar, Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West bank and Gaza (2005)
S El-Masri, ¿Challenges facing CEDAW in the Middle East and North Africa¿ (2011) Int J HR
S K Jayyusi (ed), Human Rights in Arab Thought: A Reader (2009)
M Massoud, ¿Do Victims of War Need International Law? Human Rights Education Programs in Authoritarian Sudan¿ (2011) 45 LSR 1
A E Mayer, Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics (2018, 5th ed)
Mokhtari, ¿The Middle East and Human Rights: Inroads Towards Charting its Own Path¿ (2012) 10 Northwestern J of International Human Rights
N Perugini & N Gordon, The Human Right to Dominate (2015)
J Puar, The Right to Maim (2017)
M Richmawi, ¿The Arab Charter on Human Rights and the League of Arab States: An update¿ (2010) 10 HR L R 169
E Said, Orientalism
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and understanding
On completing this module, students will have gained a solid overview of a number of contemporary human rights issues as they emerge across the region of the Middle East. While no prior knowledge about the region is required, case studies will ensure that students come to gain an in depth appreciation of a number of sites and situations.
Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
The ability to conduct independent research is a core component of the module¿s assessment and so by the end of the semester, students should feel confident in tackling any question relating to human rights in the region. Time will be set aside to ensure that all students feel comfortable in carrying out their research.
Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
As per above.
Skills and abilities in Communication
This class is intended to be an interactive seminar-style module and so communication with peers is crucial. If class size inhibits this, then a number of group activities will be devised to ensure that all students develop their communication skills.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
A focus on a number of case studies will enable students to apply their theoretical and historical understandings to particular examples.
|Keywords||Human Rights,Postgraduate,Level 11,Law,Middle East
|Course organiser||Dr Michelle Burgis-Kasthala
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008