The course provides the basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments and institutions, and also an overview of current issues and debates in the field

This course aims to explore some aspects of the diverse and increasingly complex body of international law of human rights that has both national and international application.

The course also seeks to analyze the ways in which allegations of human rights violations are dealt with

Ø  understand the key historical, political, legal and moral influences that have shaped the idea of "human rights" and be able to explain the concept of a right, and to analyze the contemporary challenges and trends in human rights theory and practice, and to understand the general affinities and divergences in sources, substance and application of rights in international, regional, constitutional and domestic contexts;

Ø  identify the major international declarations, treaties, and covenants governing human rights, and identify mechanisms for monitoring and enforcing human rights standards, they should also have a strong working knowledge of the major human rights conventions, processes and techniques and be able to identify and use the human rights instruments Rwanda is a party to and apply those mechanisms in concrete situations;

Ø  know how to research, and where to find, human rights materials and relevant  issues that will be necessary to future work in the field, and how to construct and advocate effective legal and policy arguments using international human rights norms and discourse;