Human Rights and Health
This seminar is an introduction to issues in human rights and health. We will begin with a history of human rights law pertaining to health, then explore the breadth of issues covered under these laws. We will have interactive guest lectures by experts on a range of topics that may include health status of refugees and internally displaced persons; child labor; trafficking in women and children; torture; poverty, the environment, and health; access to clean water; domestic violence and sexual assault; and international availability of pharmaceuticals. We will review international conventions on human rights as background for social and political changes that could improve the health of groups and individuals. You may have opportunities to observe at sites where human rights and health are daily issues. These opportunities may include observing a medical evaluation of a political asylum seeker who was tortured, attending immigration court to observe an asylum case, or attending family court to observe a domestic violence case. These experiences will require student initiative in scheduling and travel.