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Crisis, Conflict and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges


FIRST CLASS: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 1.30pm-5pm


Over the past few decades, human rights law - or at least human rights language and rhetoric - has moved from the margins to the mainstream. Today, international organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, transnational companies and on occasion insurgent groups all refer to human rights norms or use a language of human rights when needing to legitimise their actions.

On this short course, Crisis, Conflict and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges, we carefully analyse the role of human rights law and language in relation to international interventions and post-conflict state-building. Through a focus on freedom of speech/media, post-conflict constitutions and elections, women’s rights and transitional justice, we will try to make sense of what has happened through human rights language and rhetoric in actual sites of conflict and international intervention.

The course draws heavily on lecturer Dr Kouvo’s decade-long experience of working for human rights within academia, government, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, and policy ‘think tanks’. She has also worked on human rights issues in relation to Afghanistan.

This postgraduate-level course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of law. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area. 

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.