Course Description

LAW 584 - Human Rights and Sexual Politics

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role of law generally, and of human rights texts and principles in particular, in shaping global perspectives on sexuality. It exposes students to relevant theoretical issues in the legal literature and in other disciplines grappling with these topics. Students study the theoretical framework early in the seminar, followed by issue-oriented sessions which serve as a vehicle to examine the ways in which theory plays out in practice.

The seminar emphasizes contemporary developments in human rights legal advocacy. We study the role of NGOs, examining the potential for – and the limits of – using a rights-based approach to these issues. What do advocates mean when they talk about sexual rights? How do cultural differences come into play? Can human rights instruments effectively reduce violence or combat the spread of disease? How do we measure enforcement and effectiveness?

There are no prerequisites. Grading is based on class participation (25%), an oral presentation critiquing an NGO working in the field (25%), and a final paper (50%). The final paper can be used to fulfill the substantive analytic writing (S.A.W.) requirement for J.D. and LL.M. students. Enrolled students who do not attend the first session will be dropped to make room for wait-listed students.

Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Lara Stemple 19F 584 SEM 1 R 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM 2.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Course meets 9/5/2019 - 10/31/2019

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Andrew Park /
Lara Stemple
17F 584 SEM 1 R 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 3.0 No Yes
Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/30/2017.
Lara Stemple 18F 584 SEM 1 R 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM 2.0 No Per instructor's discretion
This course meets on 8/23, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 and 10/25.
Gender & Sexual Orientation Law; Health Care & The Law; International & Comparative Law - International Human Rights; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy; International and Comparative Law JD Specialization;